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Meet the Faculty

IIP Faculty

Rajesh Goyal

The Founder & Director – The Eye behind IIP

An alumnus from the College of Arts Chandigarh, Rajesh Goyal started working as a professional photographer while still in college. With an experience of over 24 years in the world of Photography and Advertising, Rajesh Goyal is the vision behind the pioneering effort of online photography education in India.

Online photography in India had been practically unknown but owing to the exceptional blend of creative and entrepreneurial skills of Mr. Goyal, the endeavour could get a kick start. A zealous and passionate photographer at heart, Rajesh Goyal possesses a rare aesthetic sense and an eye for photography usually unmatched. His education in the College of Arts and his experience as a professional photographer, both have equipped him well to foray into the concept of online teaching of photography.

Incidentally, he had been a keen photographer since his early childhood. Talent and hard work earned him the title of a scholar and he was remarkably at the number 1 position in the Punjab University 1991 batch. In his two decades of experience as a photographer, he worked with clients from all around the world like USA, UK, Italy and Germany among others.

Rajesh Goyal wasn't content with being an artist among photographers. Instead, he felt a mission in life, to pass on this legacy of art to the coming generation, to make photography the art of the masses. And that is where the dream of online photography education started taking shape. Pictures need to be cherished and enjoyed for a lifetime. It makes life immortal! Mr. Rajesh Goyal feels most satisfied to see how social media and the advent of internet have contributed to photography. It is now possible to learn photography and share the useful knowledge among friends with greater connectivity.

Mr. Rajesh Goyal in his formative years may not have had the newest cameras as the ones people have now. This had particularly inspired him further to teach all those who have DSLRs today but are quite ignorant about the way to use it. He strives to extend specific education about the various technicalities of the cameras so that amateur photographers can progress.

Today, with great pride it can be said that that the vision of Mr. Goyal has paid off. People from all walks of life can learn the art of photography sitting in the comfort of their homes, at their convenient timings and stay connected with the attentive faculty of IIP any time. It has extended its tutelage to 31 countries and is expanding its network constantly.

There has been considerable success in realising the vision of one man, Mr Rajesh Goyal. But his famous brain-child IIP still has still miles to go. With Mr Goyal’s relentless dedication and also with the help of a top notch team, IIP will soon break all barriers and be the world’s number 1 online photography teaching portal.

IIP Faculty

Shailesh Goyal

BFA, College of Arts (Chandigarh)
Director – Sepia Advertising

A College of Art alumnus, Shailesh Goyal is associated with the world of Photography and Advertising for over two decades. With rich experience in photography and detailed knowledge of designing softwares, he is the guiding force for students at Indian Institute of Photography.

IIP Faculty

Amit Chawla

Director (Academics and Productions) IIP

Amit Chawla is a Ph.D. Scholar at A.J.K. Mass Communication Research Centre (Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi). Having more than a decade of experience in Still Photography, Academic Administration, Electronic Media and Research, Mr. Chawla's academic associations primarily include names like NIFT, Delhi University, GGS Indraprastha University & Amity University.

Before joining Indian Institute of Photography, he has also served the industry at Press Information Bureau, Delhi Doordarshan, Sahara and Farhan Akthar's Excel Entertainment. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the title of "Best Photographer of the Year" (2009 & 2010) by International Boulevard of Photography.

In this role, he is involved in taking ahead the IIP's mission and fiercely dedicated to developing the next generation of quality professionals in the visual arts field.

IIP Faculty

Astha Sharma

Head Academics

Astha Sharma is a Light and Life Alumnus, has completed her bachelors of journalism and mass communication from Amity University, Noida. Apart from photography she holds an MBA degree as well. As a hardworking, vibrant and goal oriented young adult, she has worked with several successful companies like Net video, Balaji telefilms, Shahnaz Husain Group of Companies, Spotlight Events and Entertainments PVT ltd etc.

As she continued to grow in her career, she went on to do a few assignments and click pictures for Amity albums and calendar. She worked with Amity University as visiting faculty for lighting and photography. She has worked as manager press and PR for Shahnaz Husain and has handled various events and launches. She went on to expand on her career by working with different Architecture, she is currently a freelance Photographer based in New Delhi and doing a great job in Interior and Architecture field.

IIP Faculty

Arnav Rastogi

Faculty of photography

Arnav began his journey in the world of Photography in 2010 while still pursuing his Masters in Computer Application. It started as a hobby but photography gripped him in such a way that later he quit his regular job to take up photography as a full time profession.

He mastered in photography from Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communication and specialized in Documentary Photography. The works of legendary photographers W. Eugene Smith, James Natchway and David Doubilet inspires him. He has worked with many leading companies like Katalyst entertainment, Apex elevators etc besides photographing many concerts and events. His work has been appreciated and exhibited at World Photography Festival held at Ahmedabad in 2011 and also at Trikkana Mathilakam Arts Festival held at Mathilakam, Kerala in 2015 which is a part of Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

IIP Faculty

Bhagyashri Patki

Faculty of photography

Bhagyashri Patki is a Delhi based documentary photographer. She came to photography after spending time in web and graphic designing for a couple of years. The camera became her calling when she realized that she could no longer not afford to take photographs. Since then she has mixed technique and technology to create images that reflect her deepest thoughts. After pursuing a creative photography program from Sri Aurobindo Centre for Art and Communication, her expertise is in documentary and fine art photography. Her works have been published in The Sunday Guardian, Caravan Magazine, Art and Deal Magazine along with other online publications She is a co-founder of photography collective called Fseven Photographers. Her recent works includes a series developed as part of Project 365, based on Tamil literature. She has an in-depth knowledge book making and various printing techniques.

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Shiv Kiran

Documentary Photographer

Shiv Kiran is a young Delhi based documentary photographer. After doing masters in Computers he decided to follow his passion photography. “Photography is not just a medium of communication. It is a medium through which we can create a world, a world that we all know can never exist”.

Shiv worked with Rahul Lal and Rohit Lal as an intern and then did post graduate diploma in Photography, from Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communication, Delhi. He is now a part of Fseven Photographers, a collective of professional photographers. He is a dreamer and likes to project his dreams through his photography. He is fascinated by surrealism, and enjoys making pictures that does not necessarily have a meaning, but more a feeling.

His works has been published in various National and international magazines like BBC Asia,, Invisible photography Asia, etc. He is also a part of yearlong photography project (Project 365) of Ekalokam Trust of Photography. He has also exhibited in International Photo Festival Ahmadabad and his work was projected in Angkor Photo Festival (Cambodia) as a part of Project 365.

Meet the Mentors

Tim Vollmer

Tim was born in Southwest Germany and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He has been interested in, and practicing, photography for over 20 years. Tim has been living in Iceland for the last 6 years and specializes in all aspects of photography in Iceland, including landscapes, architecture, portraits, nature (particularly birds), and travel. Tim enjoys getting to know others, discovering the many hidden gems in Iceland and spending time with his wife and children. He has organized and held countless Photo workshops and Photo tours in Iceland & Greenland.

Paolo Lo Debole

Paolo lives in Italy and specializes in Italian architecture and portraits. His passion for photography can be infectious for any aspiring photographer. He has been a photographer for more than a decade, and his pictures of the Venetian buildings and concept portraits are the works of an extremely creative mind.

Ashok Sharma

Ashok gave up a successful career in banking to pursue his love for the camera a decade and a half ago. His experiments with photography led to a self taught approach to the art, which gives him a great insight into the problems an aspiring photographer might face. His work has been featured in established publications like the Times of India, The Sunday Observer, Discover India and many more.