Prabuddha Dasgupta (1956-2012) was a self-taught photographer who grew up in the cultural chaos of post-colonial India. Although he studied history, he began his career as a copywriter before turning to photography in the late 1980s. In the decades that followed, he pursued both commissioned and personal projects, bringing to both a bold and distinct sensuality that quickly established him as one of the most celebrated fashion photographers in India.
Prabuddha’s prominent solo exhibitions include Edge of Faith, ‘561/563’, Mumbai (2009); Myth and Memory, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy (2007); Longing, Bodhi Art, New York (2007); The Erotic Landscape, NAP/Photo Biennale, Brescia, Italy (2004); Ladakh, Le Cashmerien, Paris, France (2002); In Every Grain of Sand, Vis-a-Vis Gallery, New Delhi (1999) and Nudes and other Photographs, Piramal Centre For Photography as Art, Mumbai (1993). His group exhibitions include Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2010); Act of Faith, Noorderlicht Photo Festival, Netherlands (2007) and Corpo a Corpo, Galleria Stefano Forni, Bologna, Italy (2004).
In addition to a retrospective, A Journey, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi (2015), Anatomies by PHOTOINK (2018) was conceived posthumously in collaboration with his estate as a series of 26 gelatin silver prints to draw attention to his interest in nature, and more specifically, the anatomy of plants. Prabuddha’s photographs have been widely published in books and magazines, including the Paris Review, Nudi (Motta Editore, Milan) and India Now — New Photographic Visions (Textuel, Paris). He received several awards and grants including the Yves Saint-Laurent grant for photography. His work is in the collections of individuals and institutions such as the Museo Ken Damy, Brescia, and Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italy. His publications include Prabuddha Dasgupta 1956-2012 (2015), Edge of Faith (Seagull Books, 2009), Ladakh (Penguin India, 2000), Women (Penguin India, 1996). He was in the process of publishing his work, Longing, when he passed away in 2012.