Taushik Mandal

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Taushik Mandal
taushik.mandal02@gmail.com
@taushikmandal_moda
http://www.taushikmandal.com
Country
Spain
State / Region
Barcelona
Photographer

ABOUT
I have over a decade of experience working as a photographer. I have worked in fashion, product, wedding and editorial photography. I have completed my masters in commercial photography from Speos International Photo School, Paris. I am now based in Barcelona, Spain. I have also had my photos and projects short listed in prestigious publications associated with National Geographic. I have had my photos exhibited in private galleries in London, Paris and Philadelphia. I am stoked by creatively challenging projects.

Our readers would love to get to know you more Taushik. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

I have an engineering degree and have worked for corporates in the technology space for a decade, while working in parallel on my photography career. I am a driven individual, and I do not shy away from hard work. I also take a keen interest in alternative philosophies that help us achieve our goals including the goal of a happy life.

Taushik, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

I started traveling the length and breadth of India after I got my first job. It was during this time I bought my first camera. I traveled to a remote area in the Himalayas, and I entered the photographs taken on this tour in a travel photography scholarship that was sponsored by National Geographic. Though I did not win this scholarship, my series was shortlisted in the Top 25, and this began my serious journey in photography. 

Who is your inspiration in life Taushik? How do you keep inspired?

I have usually drawn inspirations from sports personalities however at this point in time I am hugely inspired by the works of Martin Parr, Richard Avedon, Ryan McGinley, Guy Bourdain etc.

We all make mistakes Taushik; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Touchwood, I have never had any major conflicts with my colleagues.

Taushik , when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

When working with clients, the most important thing is to honor timelines and to be on time for every appointment. Half the battle is won, if we show up on time or way ahead of time for shoots. It also allows me to get to know the client better and honor the commitments.

Please tell us Taushik, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

The most important learning from my corporate life was learning how to do Root Cause Analysis. Using this technique, I think and try to stay 20 questions ahead of what the client expects. By asking the right question, we can get the right answer from the client, and this negates any mis understandings that may arise during the project.

Taushik, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
This happened when I was assisting a photographer in Paris on her project. The photographer was attempting to document the relationship between males and their bathrooms. A bathroom is also called a powder room. I helped coin the name of the project using this term. After a few sessions, she wasn't happy with the name as her partner felt the name was too feminine. As an assistant, I spoke to her and convinced her to keep the name as the word powder room helps to break many gender norms. Today she is successfully continuing this project with many subjects and shootings in the pipeline. 

Taushik, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
In 2017, two of my photographs were selected for the Photography on A Postcard charity in London, an event where my idol Martin Parr was also exhibiting.

Taushik, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
This happened when we were working on a corporate portraits project with a corporate client, not the most exciting kind of job with long hours of waiting and short periods of actual work. My team and I were able to excite the subjects by making them feel as though they were part of a fashion shoot. 

What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?

Try different things before you find your niche in photography.

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I am. I am primarily looking to work on fashion campaigns, editorials, portraits, etc.


Photo Credits:
Photographer: Taushik Madal

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