Atul Kasbekar, of Kingfisher Calendar fame, is one of India’s most loved and sought after photographers. Being one of the foremost names in the field of celebrity and fashion photography, he is no less than a celebrity himself. Discarding his future as a chemical engineer, Atul dropped out of the University Department of Chemical Technology (UDCT, now known as the Institute of Chemical Technology) after his first year to pursue photography.
He joined Brooks Institute in the United States and graduated in 1988 as the topper of his batch. Following his graduation, he trained for a year, working with reputed photographers like Dennis Gray, Ron Slenzak and Jay Silverman. Returning to India in 1990, the opening of his studio – named Negative Space – the following year marked the beginning of his professional career.
In 2003 he unveiled the first edition of the Kingfisher Calendar, but little did he know that in due course he would become synonymous with the calendar. Almost two decades on, the release of the Kingfisher Calendar has become nothing short of a much awaited annual showbiz event.
Atul Kasbekar, who is the chairman of the Photographers’ Guild of India, is also the owner of the celebrity management company Bling! and his clients include several noted actors like Abhay Deol, Sonam Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar.
Even though Atul specialises in people photography, he is a man who enjoys taking photos of everything. His Instagram profile is a testament to that fact. Smartly titled Why Atul Kasbekar?, he describes himself as ‘Photographer, producer, purveyor of all things, places and people cool. Aggregator of epic humour’ in his bio.
Atul’s Instagram gives us an insight into his photography that isn’t restricted to celebrities or fashion. He shares tidbits of his life, both at and outside his work, his interests as well as food, his travel and even funny pictures and comics.
Atul Kasbekar’s Instagram is definitely worth following. But if you want to get an even deeper insight into his life, his work and his journey, follow him on Xpert. Xpert is an online Q&A platform that brings you closer to the people you admire and look up to. Sign up on the platform today and ask him your questions!