Vishal Kullarwar Photography
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Vishal started out to become an engineer, but a heightened awareness of the visual art diverted his attention to the camera and its versatility. Ridden by this passion, he decided to drop out of engineering college to pursue his dream and completed his graphic designing from a Canadian college. After working with reputed Design Houses and Advertising agencies, he soon shifted his focus towards photography. He started off by assisting a renowned photographer in India for over 2 years, soon after which he travelled to Paris and Hamburg to acquire more knowledge with respect to the visual medium after which he decided to start off on his own.
Aspiring to carve a niche in the photography industry, he is well versed in fashion, advertising and editorial work. Vishal describes his work as the constant need to move and evolve. These characteristics of the ever growing fashion world reflects on his photography as well. A true follower of top celebrity photographers such as Richard Avedon, Mario Testino & Steven Klien, Vishal follows his footsteps by preferring to eschew the ‘pretty’ and bring out the stark underlying ‘reality’ of the subject.
Boasting a background in graphic Designing, his work has often been considered provocative yet unique. His client and publication credits currently includes International & Indian magazines such as Vogue Italia, Adweek, GQ, Cosmopolitan, to name a few. His work has also appeared in the likes of advertising agencies such as Ogilvy, Leo Burnett, Wunderman Thompson, DDB, Mccann Erickson and many more. Current body of work includes – Dove, Lux, Nokia, YouTube, Sony Bravia, Oriflame, etc. His work has been exhibited in the prestigious D & AD Awards (London), The World Press Photo, the Dubai Media City (IBDA), Lalit Kala Academy etc. Ventured out on his own 15 years ago in the ever demanding modern fashion world, Vishal’s passion for visual beauty and perfection continues to impress many today.
Currently he has been selected as 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide for 2021 / 22 by Luerzer’s Archive.
Working with Vishal on this very business critical multi-brand beauty project for Unilever India was a real pleasure. The stakes were very high, and this campaign was to propel sales for the key beauty brands in the portfolio during the pandemic. Everything was a challenge on this project, from getting permissions, to models to stylists and organizing the shoot in the midst of restrictions and lock downs, but Vishal managed it all with the team. His attention to detail, his planning and him pre-empting every situation ensured we got through a highly complex shoot with multiple brands each following their own tonality and codes seamlessly. Even when there were some issues beyond everyone's control Vishal showed the utmost professionalism and agreed to extend his hours to ensure the campaign did not suffer. The result was a highly effective and impactful campaign which went across various consumer touch points including out of home, in store, at modern trade, e-commerce and social and created the desired effect to create buzz and drive sales. We look forward to working with Vishal on many such future projects.
It’s always a pleasant experience to work with Vishal. He came to our rescue when we at McCann were desperately looking for a good photographer who can deliver quickly. He not only did he deliver with good results, but the outcome was also Super Cool! The Client also appreciated the result. And so started our journey of working together on brands such Nokia, Sony, Nestle etc. Eagerly waiting to do more projects where we get to experience his knowledge and professionalism.
Vishal has been a part of Oriflame's creative journey in many capacities. One of his notable contributions was when he displayed his remarkable talent in one of our celebrity shoots. He photographed our then-ambassador, one of Bollywood's notable actresses in a significant campaign, and his work was highly appreciated by colleagues and audiences alike.
Vishal Kullarwar Photography: Latest magazines
spotlight magazine May 2022 global advertising photography & motion
Vishal Kullarwar is an acclaimed photographer whose work has been exhibited at global platforms like the prestigious D&AD Awards (London), The World Press Photo, the Dubai Media City (IBDA), and Lalit Kala Academy. He was recently listed among the 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide for 2021-22 by Luerzer’s Archive.
14 years ago, Vishal stepped foot into the ever-demanding modern fashion world and has since made a mark that impresses the world today. Just like his own journey from engineering to advertising to finally finding his niche in fashion photography, he describes his work as the constant need to move and evolve. Following the footsteps his photography idols like Richard Avedon, Mario Testino and Steven Klein, Vishal prefers to explore his subjects by finding beauty in starkness and reality, rather than conventional beauty.
In addition to his remarkable photography talents, his background in graphic design adds to his unique yet provocative style. His client and publication credits currently include International and Indian magazines such as Vogue Italia, Adweek, GQ, and Cosmopolitan, to name a few. He has worked with renowned agencies like Ogilvy, Wunderman Thompson, DDB and McCann Erickson. Some of the esteemed brands that he has had an opportunity to work with include Dove, Lux, Nokia, Sony Bravia, YouTube, Oriflame, Tresemmé, Nestlé and Unilever.