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An artist who would twist, bend rules of photography

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 13, 2012 17:43 IST
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Prabuddha Dasgupta, a noted fashion photographer well known for a picture of Madhu Sapre and Milind Soman in the nude, passed away in Alibaug on Sunday. Some recollections:

Dabboo Ratnani

I was 22 and just starting out as a photographer when I got the chance to meet Prabuddha Dasgupta in 1994. I asked Lisa Ray (model-actor), who was doing a shoot with him, if she could request him to let me spend a day with him. He didn't have any permanent assistants and I thought I could be there for an entire day and learn. She asked and he agreed. I was in awe of him and I looked up to him even more after meeting him.

The news of his death is very saddening. I remember him as someone everybody trusted a lot. Everyone he worked with, be it models or editors, gave him his space. No one ever came in his way because they knew that no matter what he did, or how he did it, they would get their shot. There was something unique about his work. His style of fashion photography had an international flair. Personally, for me his most memorable works are his black and white pictures. What was really special about him was that he didn’t follow the rules of photography. He used to twist and bend the rules. If a picture was grainy or out of focus, he would turn it to his advantage.

I had showed him some of my work back then, and he liked it. We kept bumping into each other and I was always in awe of him. This is undoubtedly a very big loss.