Dinesh Khanna (b 1957) worked variously as a Calculator Salesman, Garments Quality Checker and a Busboy in an Upper Eastside Bar in New York in his early years. This rather confused career path was due to his teenage belief that if he followed in his Photographer Father’s footsteps he would be yet another victim of the Indian caste system. This rebellion further led him to a 12 year long career as a Client Servicing Executive in Advertising where he finally achieved ‘burn-out’ at the ripe old age of 33 years and which left him with a burning desire to become a Professional Photographer.
So in 1990 he finally succumbed to what can probably be blamed on genetic coding – the desire to make images – both as a means of making a living and as a form of creative expression. The last 20 years have seen him involved in creating images for Advertising, Editorial and Corporate clients, specifically in the area of Food, Still-life, People and Interiors.
Also a body of Personal Work which has been exhibited in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, London, Edinburgh, Germany, San Francisco and New York. And 2 Pictorial Books – “Bazaar” and “Living Faith” – which were a result of over a decade of traveling through the traditional markets and spiritual centers of India. 20 years into the journey, Photography is not just a profession and a passion but his means of understanding and feeling the world and life around him. Besides continuing to do commercial assignments for International Magazines, Advertising Agencies and Corporates, Dinesh is also currently working on Pictorial Books on “Benaras – Everyday in Eternity” and “Telling Stories”.