Iqbal Mohamed is a visual artist and a mentor to many generations of storytellers. His dedication to the craft, a deep desire to unravel the meaning of life and humility is an inspiration to many. He believes that everyone has the power to change the world by seeing it differently.
After a graduation in history and political science and then an MBA, Iqbal decided to follow his passion, photography. His first step was to study professional photography at the renowned Brooks Institute of Photography, USA. He followed it up working with some of the celebrated professional photographers in Hollywood like Dick Zimmerman, Bill Werts & Jay Silverman. Iqbal then came back to India in 1988, amongst the first to do so, to make a career in professional photography.
He went on to gain recognition as one of India’s leading professional photographers. Working across various areas, with many national and international brands. Ford, Toyota, Ashok Leyland, TVS Bikes, Taj Hotels, Reebok, Titan, Coca Cola, CitiBank, Cairn India, BPL, Tamil Nadu Tourism. He has also applied his skills to help NGOs like the Tamil Nadu AIDS Control Society, CRY and the Spastics Society.
As a founder and mentor at LLA, ‘Iqbal Sir’ as he’s known fondly by his students, has been a beacon for all things photography. His deep knowledge of the craft and an inherent desire to share his knowledge serves as the bedrock of the institution. He believes that everyone is inherently creative and can nurture their inner vision in the right environment.
One of the defining forces of Iqbal sir’s life has been his deep and lasting connection with nature. He believes that every image he has ever made is a reflection of some aspect of life that he observed in nature – its forms, shapes, sounds, or patterns.
He has created memorable projects on various topics ranging from commemorating the 1000 year old Thanjavur Temple to a UNESCO World Heritage project called ‘Nilgiris Mountain Railway and ‘Chola Architecture’. His first book – “Portrait & Function Photography” – is the first of its kind, to be published in eight Indian languages besides English.
His enthusiasm towards life, insatiable hunger for knowledge and innate humility continues to bring a sense of awe in all.