December 16, 2011
In November 2011, Karan was interviewed for a feature in Digital SLR Photography, the UK’s popular photography magazine. Features Editor Caroline Wilkinson wanted to find out about Karan’s work, particularly the extensive amount of underwater photography he’s done throughout his career, for clients including Atlantis Resorts in Dubai and Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant.
“For some reason, my work always tends to be about water,” says Karan. “So I was very happy to talk to Digital SLR Photography magazine about the challenges of underwater photography and the techniques I use.”
Many of Karan’s commercial and advertising commissions have had an aquatic element, needing him to work underwater as well as from dry land.obs where I need to go underwater as well as be on land. “I’ve always been connected to water,” he says, “so, in a way, it’s fate that my career took this focus. It’s just one aspect of what I do, but it does sum up my most iconic work. Underwater work has always been an important part of my portfolio and my profile.”
Karan, who used to swim and play water polo as a child, still swims several times a week. “I love being in the water,” he says, ” and my kids love it, too. My wife however prefers to watch us swimming from the warmth of a sun lounger on the beach!”
For more information about the techniques and kit Karan uses for underwater commissions, and details of some of his underwater projects, click on the images to read the article.
Did you see the interview in Digital SLR Photography magazine? What did you think?
March 4, 2011
Karan Kapoor 2010 update
2010 was a busy and successful year for Karan, with his innovative and energetic style of photography rewarded by several industry bodies.
Karan had 12 honourable mentions in eight different categories at the IPA Awards 2010 – an incredible achievement – and five nominations at the 2010 Photography Masters Cup. He was also recognised at the 26th annual American Photography Awards.
Karan worked on a number of leading advertising campaigns during 2010, including commissions for Philip Morris (Murrati cigarettes), Sky, De Longhi (coffee), Pfizer (Relpax and Esting), the Netherlands Tourist Board and Olay (featuring Twiggy).
His editorial work included shooting Felicity Kendal, Julie Walters and Davina McCall on separate occasions for the Daily Mail’s You magazine. See this blog post for Karan’s insights into the Davina McCall shoot.
March 4, 2011
In November 2010, Karan shot a series of portrait images of TV’s Davina McCall for an editorial spread in the Daily Mail’s magazine You. Shot against a pale backdrop, Davina’s dark hair and striking features created a series of eye-catching portraits which convey the popular presenter’s warm personality. “Davina was great fun to work with and very good in front of the camera,” Karan says.
Karan was assisted on the shoot by Dan Brownsword and Harry Dutton. The stylist was Ellie Lines, hair by Michael Douglas and make up by Cheryl Phelps Gardiner.
March 3, 2011
Julie Walters shoot for Weekend magazine
In January 2010, Karan was asked to shoot a series of images featuring iconic British actress Julie Walters to be used as part of the promotional tour for upcoming movie Gnomeo and Juliet. The images were used for editorial in the London Daily Mail’s magazine Weekend and one of the shots became the front cover image.
“In the cover shot, Julie is pictured sitting on a toadstool with a gnome to illustrate the film she was busy promoting,” explains Karan. “I have a real soft spot for Julie as an actress, I think she is a wonderful talent and she did not disappoint on the day of the shoot. She was such fun to work with. She was however a little concerned when she walked into the studio to see the bed we’d set up as part of the shoot!”
The stylist on this shoot was Alex Longmore and hair and make up were by Chrissie Baker.