September 16, 1950|
|Died||September 13, 2011
Gautam Rajadhyaksha (September 16, 1950 – September 13, 2011) was one of India's leading fashion photographers, and was based in Mumbai, India  He was one of India's best known celebrity portraitists, having photographed almost all the icons of the Indian Film industry.
Personal life and education
Born in Mumbai, Rajadhyaksha was educated at St. Xavier's High School, Fort, and obtained his degree in Chemistry at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, where he later also taught for two years. He is the cousin of noted novelist Shobha De.
Having completed his diploma in advertising and public relations, Rajadhyaksha joined the photo services department of Lintas India Ltd, a leading advertising agency in 1974, and eventually becoming the head of the department. During his 15 year stint, he participated in the creation of milestone ad campaigns, while continuing his childhood passion of photography over the weekends.
His first encounter with fashion photography happened 1980, when he happen to shoot pictures of actress Shabana Azmi (a college mate), Tina Munim and Jackie Shroff, and his passion for portraiture photography was lit, eventually he left his advertising job in 1987, and took up commercial photography full-time, and soon started doing product campaigns, media assignments and fashion portfolios.
While he was still working for the Lintas, as a copywriter, Shobha De his cousin invited him to write for her magazine, 'Celebrity', soon after started shooting photographs for his articles, this got him attention and soon acclaim as a glamour photographer, and before long he started working for other magazines as well, including The Illustrated Weekly of India, and film magazines like Stardust, Cineblitz and Filmfare.
Apart from doing occasional television talk shows, he edited Marathi entertainment fortnightly, 'Chanderi' and composed a popular column, Manas Chitra, in a leading Marathi news daily.
His 1997 released coffee table book, titled FACES, contained profles of 45 film personalities beginning with Durga Khote, one of India's first ladies of the Indian screen and ending with Aishwarya Rai, the former Miss World and today Bollywood's leading actress. In 1992, he wrote his first screenplay, for the film, 'Bekhudi', which launched actress Kajol's career and his second, 'Anjaam' presented, Madhuri Dixit with a challenging role. In 2000, he held his first ever photo-exhibition in Pune which showcased, twenty years of his photography work. Exhibitions of Rajadhyaksha's work have been held in Pune, Goa and Kolhapur with all attracting large crowds. Further exhibitions of his work in San Francisco, London, Birmingham and Dubai, have all been well attended as well.
He used to idolise the work of Jitendra Arya and was also influenced by his works published in Flimfare, The Illustrated Weekly of India and often The Times of India.
Gautam Rajadhyaksha died on September 13, 2011, in the morning, three days before his 61st birthday, from an apparent heart attack.
- Henna (1991)
- Hum Aapke Hain Koun...! (1994)
- Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
- Ishq (1997)
- Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha (1998)
- Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
- Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999)
- Hu Tu Tu (1999)
- Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001)
- Bekhudi (1992)
- Anjaam (1994) (story)
- Sakhi (2007) (story and screenplay) 
- Ten most important women stars in Indian films Gautam Rajadhyaksha, Rediff.com.
- Atul Kasbekar on Gautam Rajadhyaksha Atul Kasbekar, Times of India, December 29, 2000
- Xavierites who have hit the Headlines St. Xavier's High School, Fort Mumbai – Official website.
- Portrait of a portraitist Derek Bose – The Tribune, June 15, 2003.
- Gautam Rajadhyaksha Times of India, December 10, 2002.
- Gautam Rajadhyaksha Profile Hindustan Times
- Gautam Rajadhyaksha at the Internet Movie Database
- An Interview with Gautam Rajadhyaksha Indian Express
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