The crowning glory is his “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD”, bestowed upon him in 2019, by the Govt. of India for his outstanding contribution in the field of photography.

He is the Pioneer of moonlight photography with exposures going up to four hours in film era, when getting the right exposures with such long exposures was unheard of. Much before digital technology he was deeply in this low light photography with complete mastery.

He is also the first photographer to initiate Panoramic photography in film era with specialist cameras like Linhof and Fujica 612 and 617 formats.

Ashok Dilwali, born in 1944 is a renowned photo-artist of the lofty Himalayas. Born in New Delhi, India, was educated at Modern School and graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce. After graduation, he took up higher studies and qualified as a Chartered Accountant from AF Ferguson & Co, Mumbai. He has travelled widely in Europe and USA. He lives in New Delhi.

He entered the profession in 1971 and did a lot of portraiture and commercial work till 2013.In 1979 he first ventured into Himalaya and got attracted in a very big way. The quest to publish one book ended in twenty five titles! He has operated almost all big-brand cameras like Nikons, Canons, Hassleblads, Linhofs, Mamiyas and Fujicas in several formats. He claims that his biggest achievement in life has been to bring grandeur of the Himalayas to millions of homes and offices.

Views on Photography

I personally feel that photography has two aspects to it, i.e. art and craft. The craft part used to be very tedious and difficult before the advent of digital photography, which has become very simple and easy. Even a complete novice can take technically perfect images which used to be acquired after many years of learning and perfecting that skill. Now it is only a matter of pressing the shutter with a finger, if you have one!

But the art part remains as difficult and elusive as before, only the mechanical part has become easier. To be able to capture an image that can be admired by many is a difficult matter which still requires much dedication and sophistication.

One well known photographer had said that final aesthetics of the complete photographer is not just dependent on his camera alone but is the final product of several things of his personality, which would include his appreciation of painting, music and literature and over all inclination for art. Setting an instance of Ansel Adams, the greatest photographer of landscapes was a musician basically and his final product, the photograph, would be as perfect as would be his musical score. He emphasized the importance of overall development of artistic temperament to make one’s photography sophisticated.

He has pursued the profession in a very dedicated manner. To understand the basics of black & white photography, it was most essential to do the work in darkroom. When he began with color work he had to do the same by actually doing the basics of color darkroom. This helped him gain full control on the technical aspects of photography.

His sincere and dedicated approach in the field of portraiture earned him much appreciation. When he turned his full attention to Himalaya photography, the same dividends accrued. Being able to publish 23 books in span of 32 years is my basic achievement. I ascribe to the view that what matters is one's dedication to one's work. I can say that by avoiding hollow publicity, people know me more by name rather than face!

Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.