Praful Rao was born in Kalimpong, India in 1951. After serving in the Indian Air Force for 23 years as an air traffic controller, he returned to his home town to run an internet café and concentrate on his photography. Besides that he is involved in social causes like consumer movement, anti drugs and AIDS work (www.handskalimpong.org) and environmental issues.
He is a self taught photographer whose obsession with photography spans almost a whole lifetime. Having been introduced to photography as a teen, he has used a variety of film cameras for his work, yet the advent of the Digital SLR has given new fuel to his obsession.
He specializes in no particular field, choosing to capture whatever catches his eye or creating photographs from themes in his mind. Though most of his photography is of people and nature, he has done some serious work on minimalism, still life and he still enjoys doing black & white work.
Praful Rao’s Noteworthy Photographic Achievements:
- A photo essay on women cadets in the IAF in 1994. This work was exhibited in Air Force circles in Delhi.
- Took part in a photo exhibition in Darjeeling on World Environment Day; 05-08 Jun 2007.
- 2 Photographs chosen by Penguin India for book covers.
-1 Photograph chosen by renowned Nepalese flautist, Manose Singh (www.manosemusic.com) for CD cover.