Gautam Rajadhyaksha fashion photographer News
Star photographer Gautam Rajadhyaksha passed away this morning
Gautam Rajadhyaksha passed away Tuesday morning at 4am due to a major heart attack. The 61-year-old fashion photographer had worked with the creme de la creme of the Indian film industry. Celebrities have expressed their sorrow on Twitter. Karan Johar was the first one to tweet the news of his sudden demise. KJo tweeted, “Gautam Rajadhyaksha was one my most favourite people in the fraternity…funny,sensitive and always positive..I love you gautam and I miss u. A deep sense of loss…we lost the one man who captured every movie star with his lens and his heart…RIP Gautam…you will remain forever!” Abhishek Bachchan remembers the photographer in his tweet, “The 1st time I ever did a professional photoshoot was in front of the lens of the great Gautam Rajayadaksha. He was a pioneer in glamour…Photography and possibly one of the sweetest and most gentle people you would ever meet. Rest in peace Gautam, you will be greatly missed.” Atul Kasbekar who considered him his guru tweeted his condolences, “My Guru n Mentor, Gautam Rajadhyaksha passed away this morning. My principal influence n a truly wonderful, gentle, kind n talented man”. Gautam was the cousin of former model and author Shobhaa De. “My darling Gautam Rajadhyaksha no more. Saddened beyond belief. Farewell confidante-cousin.Thank u 4 your generous love nd soft focus memories.” He got the first break as a portraitist by shooting pictures of Shabana Azmi.
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Life and work of Gautam Rajadhyaksha
The man behind the brilliant composition of many pictures, Gautam Rajadhyaksha passed away this morning. He started his career with the photo services department of Lintas India Ltd. He continued his passion for photography as and when time permitted. In the early 1980, Gautam got his big break in showbiz when he took portfolio shots of Shabana Azmi (classmate), Tina Munim and Jackie Shroff. Post 1987, Gautam took up commercial photography as a full-time profession. He was termed as a fashion photographer after his cousin, noted model and writer Shobhaa De invited him to capture celebrity portraits for her magazine, Celebrity. He simultaneously took photographs for other popular magazines like Stardust, Cine Blitz and Filmfare. Gautam is said to be the one who discovered Tina Munim, Salman Khan and model Sheetal Mallar. In 1997, Gautam released a coffee table book with portraits of about 45 popular celebrities from Durga Khote to Aishwarya Rai and called the book Faces. He received critical acclaim for his work in the field of Indian photography. Besides being a photographer, Gautam also ventured into writing screenplay for films. His first screenplay for the film Bekhudi was the launch pad for Kajol and his second film was the critically acclaimed Anjaam starring Madhuri Dixit and Shahrukh Khan.
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