Imran Ahmad is Asia’s most celebrated and internationally published underwater photographer.
He has been capturing the magnificence of life both below and above the water’s surface for over 20 years. His style is different from anything seen. He is known for his Experimental Photography with light and motion. Imran graduated from Middlesex University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film making. He is an ambassador for SEACAM, Blancpain Ocean Commitment, RGB Lights (Japan), DEEPBLU and a member of the Ocean Artist Society. He spends much of his time as a professional photographer giving presentations, promoting photography in all its aspect, both as an art and documentation. He currently runs creative photo workshops on conservation, underwater, travel, commercial and cinematography around the world.
As a child and with Asian parents, the stress was always on being a doctor, engineer, dentist, etc. On a quiet evening while hanging out with his mum, he saw footage of divers with a big box and he said to her, “Look! Frogmen! I want to be like that and swim all day”… Like most Asian parents, she said “NO!” That image was plastered in his mind. Later that year, his dad took us on a beach holiday. He brought his new camera and Imran did what all aspiring underwater photographers do: He dipped his dad’s new SLR into the water, pressed click and with a big smile, called out to him. He spanked the “Asian” out of him and yes, he killed that camera.
The saddest thing he has seen underwater? To watch humans destroy the very ocean that they claim to love. Underwater photography is not just a hobby. You are basically educating yourself on the importance of the ocean’s inhabitants and protecting our surroundings. Your scuba training plays a huge role and it’s important that you practise before attempting underwater photography. And lastly, respect the locals – the subjects, he means. Our next generation must see and protect what we have today… It’s too beautiful to be ignored.
“Underwater photography is not just a hobby. You are basically educating yourself on the importance of the ocean’s inhabitants and protecting our surroundings.
The highlight of my career is being able to always inspire and help others improve their images, constantly.“