New Delhi: Noted fashion photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta passed away in Mumbai today following a heart attack. He was among India's leading photographers and his works have been published in prestigious magazines across the world.
Prabuddha never received any formal education in photography, but he was determined to teach himself the technicalities of photography.
He was among those rare Indian photographers who didn't hesitate in showcasing nude portraits, in 1996, he came up with a book 'Women', which was a collection of nudes of urban Indian women.
Recipient of several awards, Dasgupta was the face of brave photography in India. His second book 'Ladakh' showed his grip on the landscapes. This book also expressed his eye for frontier wilderness.
He never believed in separating commissioned and artistic assignments. Despite all the constraints, Dasgupta tried his best to bring in his personal sensibilities to all his projects.
He was doing a shoot for a company at Alibaug, about 150 km from here, when he suffered a heart attack.
He had authored five books and had worked with famous models like Lakshmi Menon and Lara Dutta. Lakshmi Menon was his muse before he entered into a relationship with the model.
"It's shocking news for all of us. He seemed to be fit and healthy. He was an inspiration to young photographers. He was fearless. He had the courage to do different things," Editor at Better Photography magazine, K Madhavan Pillai, told PTI.
On similar lines, fashion photographer Atul Kasbekar said, "It is sad to hear about his demise. I got to know that he passed away in Alibaug this evening. He was doing a shoot for a company over there. He was a brilliant photographer and shot some really iconic images."
Actress Lara Dutta wrote on twitter,"I hear from twitter that Prabuddho Dasgupta has passed away. He shot me for the Femina cover right after I won Miss India. It was every woman's dream to be shot by Prabuddho! No one captured a woman like him. May his soul rest in peace,".
"One of the finest photographers and a dear friend, Prabhuda, passed away. RIP. This has been a dark week," actor Farhan Akhtar said.
With his demise, the cultural world has lost a person who always stood by his ideas and never compromised on his beliefs.(With inputs from PTI)