Bandeep Singh: Recreating the Corporate’s Portrait

 
 Shikha Sharma, MD and CEO of Axis Bank, Photograph/Bandeep Singh, Courtesy/Fortune India

Shikha Sharma, MD and CEO of Axis Bank, Photograph/Bandeep Singh, Courtesy/Fortune India

This story was originally published in February 2015.

Bandeep Singh

Bandeep Singh

To photograph a person of importance in a corporate environment, one gets very little time and therefore it involves a lot of thinking on your feet. Which is why when Fortune India’s Photo Editor, Bandeep Singh had to make portraits of India’s leading business women, he decided to put an old-world twist to them.

“I wanted to do something that suggested timeless power and also was a departure from the usual, so I decided to shoot the portraits in the old collodion and glass plate style of photography.” The images were shot digitally, but were post processed for the same vintage feel. The research behind how the glass plates actually look and age took him to several museums in the capital. “I wanted to actually feel the glass plates, to see how they corrode and what their texture feels like.” His search eventually led him to the glass plates in the collection of India Photo Archive Foundation run by photographer and photo historian Aditya Arya. With that as reference, he was able to recreate the kind of texture one finds in a glass plate image.

“I wanted to do something that suggested timeless power and also was a departure from the usual.”

“The way collodion forms the image dictated the shooting. I asked my subjects to dress in traditional attire and everything, from their hair to their postures and the props resonated of a bygone era. The composition itself had to be incredibly simple.”

Chitra Ramakrishna, MD and CEO, National Stock Exchange, Photograph/Bandeep Singh, Courtesy/Fortune India

Chitra Ramakrishna, MD and CEO, National Stock Exchange, Photograph/Bandeep Singh, Courtesy/Fortune India

 Manisha Girotra, India Head, Moelis, Photograph/Bandeep Singh, Courtesy/Fortune India

Manisha Girotra, India Head, Moelis, Photograph/Bandeep Singh, Courtesy/Fortune India

About Bandeep Singh
He is the Photo Editor at Fortune India. A self-taught photographer he has worked as the Photo Editor of India Today in the past.

–Written by Natasha Desai

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