The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) pays tribute to the legendry shutterbug Prabuddha Dasgupta, who redefined Indian fashion photography with his intense monochromatic images, by celebrating his work through a retrospective that will be held from October 8-11 at the Amazon India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016, NSIC Grounds, New Delhi.
Prabuddha (September 21, 1956 to August 12, 2012) was a self-taught photographer, who grew up in the cultural chaos of post-colonial India. Although he studied to be a historian, he started his career as a copywriter before turning to photography.
Prabuddha pursued a variety of photographic projects, unapologetically straddling the two worlds of commissioned and artistic work. He brought a bold, individualistic sensibility that very quickly placed him in the ranks of major photographic talent in the country
Shedding light on this initiative FDCI President, Sunil Sethi said,” We are extremely grateful to Prabuddha Dasgupta’s estate and family who have facilitated the use of these photographs for this exhibition. They have generously allowed us the use of these pictures for non-commercial purposes after the exhibition and they will be displayed at a fashion design college. FDCI is committed to reviving the intensity and craft that his work was soaked in through the delightful exhibition of his vast work.”
Prabuddha’s work has been exhibited and published both in India and around the world. His work is included in many publications including The Paris Review, Nudi (Motta Editore, Milan) and India Now-New Photographic Visions (Textuel, Paris). Prabuddha was also the recipient of many grants and awards including the Yves Saint Laurent grant for photography in 1991. His work is in the collections of many individuals and institutions, like the Museo Ken Damy, Brescia, Italy, and Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy. His last personal show titled, “Longing” was held in New York in 2007.