Dhruva N Chaudhuri (b. 1933; d. 2019)
A photojournalist by profession, Dhruva N Choudhuri is best remembered for his work as a documentarian of New Delhi. He first took up photography after moving to the city as a young boy in 1942, when his father, the renowned author Nirad C Chaudhuri, decided to relocate from Kolkata. His father would take him on walks around the city, during which he would capture its sights using a box camera.
At the age of 18, Chaudhuri began working as a freelance photojournalist for The Statesman newspaper in New Delhi and Kolkata. Over the course of his career, he worked with several publications around the country, including The Illustrated Weekly of India. In the late 1960s, he joined the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi as a professor of audiovisual communication and also taught photography at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. His photographs have been a part of several publications, many of which he has authored himself. These include Delhi Light, Shades, Shadows (2005), a photo narrative of Delhi’s evolution from a city of refugees to a major metropolis; Nirad C. Chaudhuri: Many Shades, Many Frames (2011), a biography combining text and images of his father; and New Delhi Down the Decades: A Behind-the-lens View of the City (2013), a photo-centric history of Delhi’s architecture and its architects.
Chaudhuri’s works have been exhibited extensively, including as part of a tri-city exhibition, Dawn Upon Delhi: Rise of a Capital, organised by the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in 2012. He passed away in New Delhi in June, 2019.
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