The world is what we make of it. The power to change our world by seeing it differently is in all of us. Iqbal’s mission is to motivate more people to take up photography as a form of expression and creativity.
A breathtaking image is born out of the interplay of a range of elements. Much like the many experiences, influences, passions and dimensions that come together to make the man and photographer,
Iqbal Mohamed. A man of few words, but myriad interests, Iqbal has never let rules or norms stifle his thoughts, freedom or expression. He stumbled upon photography as a young boy, and ever since, has felt an unparalleled sense of exhilaration whenever he is behind the lens. Iqbal discovered very early on, that photography is a bridge between what the eye sees and what the mind imagines.
Iqbal Mohamed is one of India’s leading Advertising Photographers. An alumnus of Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California, USA.
Iqbal assisted some of the top Photographers in Hollywood. Iqbal also holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in History & Political Science from Loyola College (Chennai) and an MBA from the University of Madras. In his career as a Professional photographer, he has shot many campaigns for various National and Multi-National clients, including Ford, Toyota, FIAT, MRF Tyres, Taj Group of Hotels, Colour Plus, Ponds, TVS, Timex, Reebok, GE, BPL, Coca Cola, Ashok Leyland, Cairn India, Tamil Nadu Tourism, etc. He has also worked on a number of social awareness campaigns.
“Portrait & Function Photography” by Iqbal, is the first book of its kind to be published in eight Indian languages besides English, to reach photography education to the masses. His book “Vibrant at 1000” that commemorates the 1000 year old Thanjavur Temple, has been much appreciated. He has also photographed for two coffee table books on the UNESCO World Heritage citing – “the Nilgiris Mountain Railway” and “Chola Architecture” amongst others. Iqbal’s work in the world of photography has fetched him much acclaim, in the form of awards.
Iqbal’s serious and urgent desire to impart Professional Photography Education to aspiring talent set him in pursuit of his most ambitious project to date – India’s first professional photography institute situated in Ooty – Light & Life Academy, supported by the industry like Kodak, Lakshmi Machine Works, Calumet, Elinchrom, Zen task and Epson. Even as he enjoys exploring and taking pictures of varied subject, he has been investing time and effort in training a whole new generation in professional photography, while at the same time reaching out to young minds in government schools to explore art through photography. His other interests include Sports, Music, Films, Karate, Trekking, Reading, Travelling and most importantly, seeing.