Prabuddha Dasgupta's Intimate Portrait of a Community

Prabuddha Dasgupta creates an intimate portrait of the Catholic community in Goa in the series Edge of Faith

Updated: Jan 22, 2019 11:25:57 IST
2019-01-22T11:25:57+05:30
Prabuddha Dasgupta's Intimate Portrait of a Community Sacha And Her Parents, Pamela And Rene Mendes, In Their Living Room, by Prabuddha Dasgupta, black and white digital photograph, 2009, Image courtesy: Estate of Prabuddha Dasgupta

Prabuddha Dasgupta (1956–2012) was a self-taught photographer who straddled the worlds of art and fashion photography effortlessly. In the series Edge of Faith, which was published as a compilation by Seagull Books in 2009, he creates an intimate portrait of the Catholic community in Goa. Even though he intended to capture a community torn between their Portuguese faith, culture and post-Independence identity, the above photograph is an instance where his work transcends his intention. Sacha, the central figure in the above photograph, oozes confidence. Rooted in the past (represented by her parents), she looks assertively into the camera and the future ahead.

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