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In the past decade, Shamshad Khan has styled and conceptualised images for brands like Titan & Tanishq, C. Krishnaiah Chetty & Sons, Matthew & Ghosh etc She had been commissioned to work at a very young age for Advertising giants such as Lowe Lintas, Grey Worldwide, Rediffusion and O&M. 

Her photographs have been featured in magazines like National Geographic Traveller, Marie Claire and Jetwings among others. Some of her images are listed among stock photos at Corbis Images and National Geographic creative, Alamy and Shutter Stock. She also won the BigShot contest in the culture section of the National Geographic Traveller magazine. 

One of her favourite artistic expressions was her collaboration with the Calcutta Arts Club to capture the city from her perspective. She has also volunteered with Goa-cap where she worked on alternative hand made prints. 

She has been a full time faculty with the very prestigious college of photography Light & Life Academy Ooty and iCat Bangalore, teaching and learning with students. 

Cyanotype, Handmade print on Archival Paper. 2011

She has travelled the length and breath of the country exploring mainly architecture of mughual times and bringing them together to create art works that talk about the juxtaposition of the past and the future which still remains her personal exploration. She has ventured into different genres of photography from commercial to fine art, travel to Nature photography.

In the past she has enjoyed working as a food photographer and have worked with magazines such as BBC Good food, National Geographic Traveller India Food special, Food Lovers and hotels and cafés like JW Marriott, Taj, Ritz Carlton etc and has recently completed photographing for a cook book called ”Cauliflower Diet ” by Penguin Publication. 

Coming from an extremely humble background and a very small town in the corner of north- east India, which shaped her work with empathy and simplicity yet providing for the challenging world of consumerism and entertainment, she has always thrived to create work which brings together fine art with advertising without deviating from the truth. 

It was her dream to be named alongside big names such as above, It gave her what she aspired for many years to live and work in cities, after fifteen years of her career she is looking forward to use her talent as a photographer to bring about social change, concentrating on journalism and documentary to merge art with photojournalism, and create pieces of work that can bring about that change in the near future. 

Presently she lives in Kashmir.


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