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Indian fashion photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta dies at 58

Prabuddha Dasgupta, a recipient of many awards, was also a prolific writer

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Fashion photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta

Acclaimed fashion photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta died on Sunday, his colleagues in the fashion industry said. He was 58.

A versatile personality, Dasgupta was recipient of many grants and awards, including the Yves Saint Laurent grant for photography in 1991. His work is also featured in many institutions like the Museo Ken Damy in Brescia (Italy) and Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan.

“Last year, he was at my show and he wanted to shoot my collection. I am really sad that he is not amongst us. I think there is some uncanny connection that today on my show he is not here. While rehearsing we were in tears. But such is life and it has to move on,” designer Manav Gangwani said.

Gangwani’s collection at final day of PCJ Delhi Couture Week honoured the ace photographer.

Dasgupta’s work has been exhibited internationally, in both solo and group shows, and published in Indian, French, English, Italian and American magazines.

His work is included in many publications including Nudi, published in Italy, and India Now — New Photographic Visions, published in Paris.

Dasgupta, who worked with famous models like Lakshmi Menon and Lara Dutta, was also a writer of note.

In 1996, he broke a taboo by publishing Women, a controversial collection of portraits and nudes of urban Indian women.

His second book Ladakh, a personal exploration of the country’s frontier wilderness, was published in 2000.