Rohit Chawla is a self-taught stellar Indian photographer who is well known for his stunning portraits. Through his photos, Rohit recreates famous personalities, historic events, and elements. Rohit’s subjects recreate the historical scenes or personalities by not only dressing up in clothes similar to that era but also carrying the poise and holding the postures of those people. These photographs seem to have freshly stepped out of history. Rohit blends various arts and styles to create his exquisite artwork.
Rohit clicks his subjects in candid moments and portrays them from an absolutely different perspective. His portraits are a unique take on the grandeur of accessories and accoutrements the subjects are adorned with, that raise above and beyond the actual subjects. Rohit’s art contains the warmth and nostalgia of the past and is topped with a fresh hint of modernity. He breaks the gender stereotypes, general social practices, and societal norms from history, by changing the gender roles in these photographs.
Through his distinct art and photographs, Rohit has also paid homage to veteran artists such as the incredible Mexican artist; Frida Kahlo and the magnificent Indian realist; Raja Ravi Varma. Set up in a contemporary era, Rohit has recreated Frida Kahlo’s numerous self-portraits that are not only autobiographical but also carry a strong blend of realism and fantasy.
Raja Ravi Varma was a renowned Indian artist who dedicated his artwork to historic and mythological Indian stories, deities, and realistic portraits. Rohit has famously recreated Raja Ravi Varma’s splendid retelling of “Nala Damayanti” from the epic Mahabharata, the Lady Juggler, and Saraswati to name a few. Rohit captures the beauty, simplicity, and accuracy of Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings in his gorgeous photographs.
Many famous Indian models and actresses, including Neha Dhupia and Konkana Sen Sharma, have modelled for these portraits. Rohit has paid incredible attention to detail which has enabled him to capture exact replicas of iconic paintings for these celebrated artists.