K. Gopinathan, who retired as Chief News Photographer of The Hindu in 2014, is a Bangalore-based photographer with a long and illustrious career in print journalism. He was just 21 when, armed with a Diploma in Printing Technology from SJ Polytechnic, Bangalore, he was initiated into photography by the late great lensman C. Rajagopal. His career in news photography began in 1982 with the weekly tabloid The City Tab where his talent for capturing the right moment was first noticed. (With the old cameras your finger had to hit the button at the precise instant!) His forte was telling a story through pictures without words. His column "Oh Bangalore" in The City Tab, and later, "Without Comments" in The Indian Express, featured evocative images that required no captions. He joined The Indian Express in 1985 and covered a wide range of subjects from News and Features to Sports, Art and Fashion. He joined The Hindu in 1994 and also contributed pictures to the newspaper group's magazines Frontline and Sportstar. Wherever he has worked, his stand-alone and offbeat photos have brought him much acclaim. He is the founder-president of the Photojournalists Association of Bangalore.
Gopinathan's work has brought him numerous state and national awards. It is ample proof of his versatility that he secured the Karnataka State Dasara Award for Sports Photography, the All India Press Photography Award in the Human Interest category, and the Better Photography Award in the Humour category, Madyama award fro State Government of Karnataka, Kempegowda Award by Brahat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). To name a few of his other accolades, he won the annual Karnataka Union of Working Journalists Award eight times. He is one of the Top Ten Photojournalists of India featured in Asian Photography magazine. An honour close to his heart is the Satyan Award for Best Newspaper Photographer, named after the eminent photographer T.S. Satyan, which he won in 2012.
Although he has two Lifetime Achievement awards under his belt, from Zee TV and the Rotary, he refuses to rest on his laurels and enjoys sharing his experiences with students and future journalists. He has delivered lectures in various colleges and held workshops and spoken at seminars conducted by the Patrika Academy, Karnataka Information Department, Youth Photography Society and other organisations.