About Us

A commitment to documenting memories with excellence… yesterday, today, and forever!

With 100 years of legacy in garnering the valuable emotions and the true essence of life, Mahatta & Co. is one of India’s leading photography brands that hold the power to let you re-visit the most remarkable moments of your past. Having a legacy transitioned through capturing many eras of India’s growth from a mere British colonial rule to a global presence, Mahatta & Co. forever believed in creating a worldwide thrill through their evergreen printing, image processing, photo archives, and image restoration services.

Mahatta & Co. was originally set up in 1915 in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, by the young scion of a landowning family in Punjab—Amar Nath. He learned photography from visiting foreign army personnel and soon indulged in clicking group portraits in Dalhousie army camp. Amar Nath, however, realized photography was perhaps his only hope of earning a dignified livelihood.

Soon after, with the mere mispronunciation of ‘Mehta,’ Mahatta & Co. came into existence and never looked back. Gradually, the timeless Mahatta empire expanded into the various tourist towns of Gulmarg, Pahalgam in Kashmir, and Murree and Rawalpindi, while proving the partition as the first game-changer in their legacy.

Post-partition, the shop in Rawalpindi and Murree shut down, and the brothers decided to open a new studio in the capital city of free India, Delhi. By handing over the highly successful Srinagar studio’s reign to his youngest brother Ram Chand, Amar Nath and his other brother Ram Nath moved to Delhi, an unknown and uncertain market. Over the decades, the Mahatta Studio saw many chapters open and close. What lingered throughout this time was the legacy of a camera and black & white images of a man who picked it up, searching for a new future.

Today the fourth generation of the Mehta family, once uprooted from its heritage, is living and breathing photography in the heart of the nation’s capital. Time and again, they together wrote their history and turned their adversity into an opportunity! The Mahatta & Co. have always dreamt of building an unsurpassable brand, and so what they did.

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