In an age of multiplying media, Rohit for the last few years has been striving to go beyond the confines of traditional photography to create art through the marriage of the unlikely - of the alive and the lifeless, of the relic and the real. It makes for compelling work - creative, challenging, disruptive of gold, lazy ways of seeing. It pulls the viewer away from cliche to new forms and often an erotic frisson.
- Tarun J Tejpal, Tehelka
Rohit Chawla's Wanderlust portfolio is one of the most remarkable to come out of the travels of any photographer in India since Cartier-Bresson was here with his Leica in the late 1940's.
- William Dalrymple - Author
The world of fashion and art is merging and Rohit Chawla is positioning himself on the cusp of this trend.
- Anders Petterson - Art Tactic
Rohit Chawla's visual essays on fashion are a celebration as well as subversion. The international kitsch in geometry that sets his frames apart draws its energy from the relentless combat between form and fantasy. his lens limns shifting moods of nature as a backdrop to figures camouflaged in varying patterns of eroticism. Rohit's enchantresses, no matter whether they are earth goddesses or waifs with a piercing metallic attitude, exude the most elementalsexuality-and push the frontiers of fashion photography.
- S. Prasannarajan, India Today
In the time l've known Rohit (for over two decades), he has never followed the herd. his ideas were, almost always, ahead of their time and provoked you into thinking. Rohit's fashion work, often experimental and mischievous, is always imbued with a streak of irreverence. His fashion photography invariably flirts with art and his creative work toys with fashion. Rohit is a brilliant maverick who has mastered the art of surprises. Every time you think you've seen it all, he re-invents himself and surprises you again. May his tribe multiply.
- Alex Kuruvilla, Conde Nast India
Rohit Chawla has cut his teeth in the world of fashion photography and advertising - the former is often accused of unwearable artifice and the latter is all about consumption. It is only befitting that his images here mock the familiar dialectics of art and utility, from and function. These post-industrial women extend themseves to the mechanical and the natural with ease in his images.
- Rama Lakshmi, Washington Post
Rohit Chawla brings his unique aesthetic sensibility to food photography. The plates he creates and photographs manage the difficult feat of seeming artistically pleasing while retaining the sensuous appeal that is so integral to good food. I've never seen food photography like this in india and i hope that is the beginning of a trend.
- Vir Sanghvi, Hindustan Times
Food is already treadted as art at institutions such as Le Cirque and Megu. Now, Rohit Chawla adds another layer of style with his talented photography. A worthy tribute.
- Divia Thani Daswani, Conde Nast Traveller
Rohit Chawla's images of The Leela cuisine go beyond conventional food photography and awaken the sixth sense as well creating an art form that's not just visually enticing, but appetising as well.
- Jamal Shaikh, Robb Report
Gastronomy and photography is a great combination. The outstanding visuals in this unique book bring food to life as never before, and the tome is a testament to the great tradition and legacy of The Leela Group, where cuisine and good living have always been a fine art.
- Anuradha Mahindra, Verve
No one quite rivals Rohit Chawla's graphic sense in fashion and portraiture, where model and landscape fuse into a magical, futuristic exotic form. From Namibia to New Zealand, Rohit pushes his artistic vision in the quest of his dreamscapesl.
- Tarun Tahiliani, Ensemble
What one sees in the book is a delightful and incandescent presentation of food, giving visual form to the experience of flavor and aroma; food is photographed with the very life-force of light coming throug, forging a portic relationship between the themes of the astral and that of nourishment.
- Jitish Kallat - Artist
Rohit in his avatar of a Art-Photographer has been poignantly recreating the works of the masters-rendering the classical in a contemporary style. With his new series Wearable Art, Rohit yet again unleashes his formidable creative energy-this time art becomes an extension of the human body.
- Bish Moitra, The Outlook Group
With over a 15 year association with Rohit, one has seen his mind jump with curious enquiry towards art in its various forms, constantly battling norms, cliques and attempted efforts to "be different". In fighting this battle he has created a niche for himself as an artist who questions, defies and breaks new ground drawing inspiration from many masters including nature...
- Mala Sekhri, Harpers Bazaar India
Rohit Chawla has straddled the worlds of the arts with an ingenuity that has now become legion. Every time, he astounds to inspire, creates to awe and delivers to level that one never imagines. In his latest works, Chawla shows an impressive insight into a world that has been overwhelmed by pace and agility but still craves for the calmness of art. A form that Chawla stuns us with, yet again. As only he can.
- Suhel Seth, Counselage
Aerospace, oceanspace, landscape-no other of the 10 million species on planet earth lays claims to all this as the humans do. But the measures once borrowed from the others now lie overtaken-horsepower for the land speed, the wingspans of albatrosses now minisculed by jets, or the whale made liliput against a submarine.
Rohit Chawla's newest photographic passion has taken him to New Zealand, where our planet's beauty is most 'wearable'. Models as clotheshorses march out to the wide outdoors to become veritable peacocks with fashion plumes, or slip into seconds skins with ease and become anything from fishtail palm fringes to fins of rare fish. Graphics gets a more cosmic dimension as they leap from the drawing boards of yore. Beyond the windows of computers, Chawla shuts the photoshop and leaps into world of staged clicks to create images more real than simply being virtual.
- Aman Nath, Neemrana Hotels
I have been watching Rohit's work over the past 18 years of our association. Fashion has always been his forte, coupled with sensibility of the arts, his images always have strong graphics compositions which make them stand apart from the rest. Rohit took a sabbatical from the obvious glare of the fashion world and kept himself busy with his mega commercial campaigns only to have all of us sit back and gape at the wonder of his "Wanderlust Series", two year ago, which according to me are masterpieces that will stand the test of time.
But conventional fashion not withstanding, his series on old masters, Ravi verma, followed by Gustav klimts Portraits, have been a labour of love for a man whose passion is surely art and not commercials or advertising.
His "Wearable Art Series" is again a play of what Rohit Chawla is essentially all about....tongue and cheek sarcasm towards fashion since his true calling is nature, landscapes and graphics in all their glory. he also manages to capture the contemporary fashion sensibility with an indian sensitivity that few poscess.
Rohit's present body of work is almost akin to tribute to Alexander McQueen with all its madness and pure genius.
- Kalyani Chawla, Christian Dior Couture
Talent has one blessing and one curse: restlessness. I have always found Rohit, restless. Restless to get to the next artistic high. To climb the next mountain. Rohit dreams big and i suspect in technicolour. I have known him for decades as a fine photographer. And for the past few years as an artist with burn. His latest show has an energetic calm to it. It is bold, It is sensational, it is sinfully staged. It is everything Rohit isn't.
- Swapan Seth, Equus
With the wearable art portfolio, Rohit deftly casts the lush Kiwi landscape and a bizarre haute couture line to transport his viewer to a magical play field. His pictures pack a rich lexicon which fuse Bosch's vision, Tolkien's characters and Carroll's symbolism, set against postcard perfect exotica: all faculties working concurrently to create a series of brilliantly captured, striking visuals.
- Arvind Vijaymohan, The Japa Arts Advisory
I love the imagination in Rohit's work, there is a lovely amalgamation of art, fashion and photography in every single work. Each photograph appeals to a different dimension and the unexpected twists in what you are going to see next adds to the viewing pleasure.
- Kapil Chopra, The Trident
These pictures don't merely capture portraiture, but render a narrative, tellingly offering a glance in to the lives of the protagonists of his frames; and this is wherein lies Rohit's ultimate achievement: of not merely presenting the apparent frugal simplicity of the Rabari tribe, but in capturing their underlying power, raw & primal.
- Arvind Vijaymohan - Art Advisor
Rohit is a storyteller and his camera is a relentless stylus that defies the limits of narrative photography. These are intimate portraits of ethnicity as costume drama, exuding the elemental beauty of life.
- S. Prasannarajan - India Today
What is triumph. These are remarkable powerful images of the proud Rabari community in Rohit Chawla's photohgraphic exhibition 'Wanderlust' with his sensitive but stark minimalist style of portraiture he only enhances the fierce dignity of this ancient nomadic tribe with their decorative and unique traditiional dress. This collection must surely be a stunning and invaluable record of a fast disappearing India and should be valued as such along with its enduring artistic merit.
- Gaby Moore - Artist, London