Born and raised in the southern part of Hyderabad, India, Rutvik Katuri’s hobby of photography slowly grew into his passion after shadowing local event and wedding photographers. He grew even fonder of the art after discovering the work of fashion photographers like Emily Soto and Lindsey Adler. From there, Katuri moved to New York City where he currently studies at the New York Film Academy Photography School.
“NYFA has definitely improved my skills in terms of getting the light setup quicker as well as with working on post-production in Photoshop,” says Katuri. “To give you a little bit of perspective, it used to take me 30 minutes to get a simple setup with one light. Now I take about 30 mins for a complex four light setup. Same goes for my post production — it has cut my time in half.”
Katuri’s final project for his Photo I class was “Holi Colors,” which was inspired by the Indian festival called Holi, a festival of colors and love. “It’s a play of analogous and complementary colors,” he says.
His photo was chosen for a recent cover of Imirage, a monthly magazine that applauds relevant and visually stunning features on art, design, writing, film, music, photography, style and other creative genres.
“Technically it was just a simple one light setup with a beauty dish and capturing the images with a simple macro lens,” said Katuri about the work on his cover image. “To me it was more about picking the right colors and figuring out what were the right designs that fit the face. We started out by adding red around one eye and we let the design go wherever it took us, but we kept in mind that it has to be symmetric on both the sides.”
Katuri says he is heading more into studio fashion and beauty and will be expanding to on-location fashion. Two projects that he is currently working on are “Futuristic Fashion” and “Symmetry.”