In the early years of his
career, Dinesh sold Calculators in Chawri Bazaar; quality checked garments in a
Faridabad factory and cleared tables as a Busboy in an Upper Eastside Bar in
New York. He believes that these jobs were as good an education, if not better
in some ways, than the Economics degree he got from Delhi University. This
rather chequered career path was due to his teenage belief that if he followed
in his Photographer Father's footsteps he would be yet another victim of the
Indian caste system. This rebellion further led him to a 12 year long career as
a Client Servicing Executive in Advertising where he finally achieved
'burn-out' at the ripe old age of 33 years and which left him with a burning
desire to become a Professional Photographer. So in 1990 he finally succumbed
to what can probably be blamed on genetic coding - the desire to make images -
both as a means of making a living and as a form of creative expression. The
last 30 years have seen him involved in creating images for Advertising,
Editorial and Corporate clients, specifically in the area of Food, Still-life,
People and Interiors.
Dinesh’s personal work
has been shown in both Solo and Group Exhibitions. Some of these are:
1. “In my own World”
shown at IIC, Delhi; NCPA, Mumbai; Oxford Gallery, Kolkata; Varanasi and
2. “Living Faith” exhibited
at India Habitat Centre, Delhi and Oxford Gallery, Kolkata in India. Also at
Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York and by the Asia Society in San Francisco,
3. “In my own World 2” shown
at India Habitat Centre, Delhi.
– an Indian Language” shown at the World Economic Forum, Davos,
1. “Divine Facades” –
Architectural Photography from India at Impressions Gallery, York and
Pitshanger Manor Museum, London. Also toured England and Canada for 2 years.
2. ‘Click – Contemporary Indian Photography’ at Vadhera Art Gallery, New Delhi.
3. “3 Artists” at
Falkenstern Fine Art & Atelier, Germany.
4. ‘Where Three Dreams Cross’ 150 years of Photography from India,
Pakistan and Bangladesh at Whitechapel Gallery, London and Fotomuseum,
5. “Tirtha – A Spiritual Journey’ with Prashant Panjiar at Palette gallery, New Delhi.
6. “Rivers of Pilgrimage’ at
Siddarth Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal.
7. “Growing up in India” at
Mondavi Center, University of California, USA.
8. “Re-imaging the People of India” at India International Centre, New Delhi and in France.
“Reciprocation” with Kathryn Myers at Gallery Art & Aesthetic, New Delhi.
Besides this he has done
2 Pictorial Books - "Bazaar" and "Living
Faith" - which were a result of over a decade of traveling through the
traditional markets and religious centres of India through the Nineties. 26
years into the journey, Photography is not just a profession and a passion but
his means of understanding and feeling the world and life around him.
His 3rd book, which had
been commissioned by the Rashtrapati Bhawan and Sahapedia, is "Right of
the Line - The President's Bodyguard" and its about all aspects of the
life and duties of the oldest regiment of the Indian Army, ranging from the
pomp and pagentry to the passion and camaraderie of the men and their horses.
This has been launched in Oct. 2015. Following the success of this, he was commissioned
to work on "Life in Rashtrapati Bhawan" by them, which is his 4th
Photo book and has been published in Dec. 2016.
Dinesh lives in Gurgaon, near Delhi, with wife, Rachana, who is an Advertising Executive turned Interior Designer and for the last 10 years a dedicated Kathak Dancer and Teacher. She is also the Publisher of the renowned Hindi literary magazine called “Hans” which was edited by her father, Shri Rajendra Yadav, and she has been bringing out since he passed away 5 years ago. They have 2 daughters, Myra, who is 24 years old and though she shares her mother's passion for dance and her father's passion for travel, has decided to follow her own path to become a Yoga Instructor. And Mahi, who is now 20, had earlier decided to be an Artist, as in her wisdom she feels that photography is only a 'half-art', but has now decided that History and Diplomacy is her true calling.
Besides continuing to do
commercial assignments for International Magazines, Advertising Agencies and
Corporates, Dinesh is also currently working on 4 personal Projects. These
1. "Benaras -
Everyday in Eternity",
2. "Earning Dignity
- from Art, Craft and Trade"
3. "Mobile Stories –
Life on the move"
4. “Mothers &
Dinesh is a Managing Trustee of Nazar Foundation, and one of the Co-founders of the Delhi Photo Festival and was also a Photography Curator for the first 2 editions of the Serendipity Arts Festival. He also teaches Photography in various institutions, and is a Director of the Dhrish Academy at the Museo Camera, and also conducts workshops. He is the Visual Consultant with Sahapedia and advises on the ‘Sahapedia Frames’ Grant for Cultural Photography.