If there’s one person who defined fashion photography in India over the last few decades, it’s undoubtedly Prabuddha Dasgupta, who died unexpectedly from a heart attack on August 12. Whether it’s progressive portraits of Indian women or highly tailored, high-fashion editorial shots, the late photographer’s work embodies the bold, confident spirit of the Indian woman. Here’s our homage to Prabuddha Dasgupta, an artist who has inspired, captivated and empowered us.
Prabuddha Dasgupta is best known for his controversial photo book Women (1996), which features nudes and portraits of urban Indian women, but what we love most is his fashion editorial work. His vibrant, poignant photos have filled the pages of magazines like Vogue India, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ India, Elle, Marie-Claire and Vogue, often depicting his well-known muses, Padma Lakshmi and Lakshmi Menon. Dasgupta was also the artistic eye behind major photo campaigns from designers such as Hermes, Ritu Kumar and Yves Saint Laurent. No matter his client, the photographer always brought his signature blend of boldness and beauty.
Prabuddha Dasgupta’s work reminds us why we fell in love with Indian fashion. Here are a few of the Dasgupta photos we’ll remember for years to come!
His photos for Hermes France, depicting the designer’s gorgeous saree collection.
A striking black and white photo from his Ritu Kumar shoot.
Some of his most vibrant photos from Vogue India.