The creative genius behind the lens, Colston Julian may have not studied photography but his prolific body of work makes him one of India’s leading photographers. Colston assisted veterans like Prabuddha Das Gupta, Max Vadukal and Ashok Salian at the beginning of his career, before advancing in his own distinctive style. Julian has shot for luxury brands like Puma, Mercedes, Omega, L’Oreal, and Adidas. Adding to his elite clientele are magazines like Vogue, GQ, Marie Claire, and ELLE for which he’s captured extraordinary editorials and covers. Being one of the few photographers in India who has mastered underwater photography, his covers story for Grazia fixtured him as a versatile photographer. Having captured celebrities like Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, and Amitabh Bachchan, his sensibilities to juxtapose glamour with famous personalities makes him a one-of-a-kind photographer in his league.
1) YOUR MOST ICONIC SHOOT?
“‘A story I shot for Elle, styled by Tania Fade in 2005 and a story I shot with GRAZIA, styled by Ekta Rajani in the Ganesha festival.”
2) YOUR ADVICE TO YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS?
“Don’t try and make a statement. Photography is a fair balance of not just style but craft as well. Don’t get lost in the crowd but have a voice. Hard work always shows through.”
3) YOUR FAVOURITE DESTINATION TO SHOOT?
“For me it has to be Italy and Calcutta.”
4) FAVOURITE CELEBRITY THAT YOU SHOT?
“Shooting Judy Dench was quiet an experience!”