During the past fourteen years, Purkayastha traveled through the wilderness of Ladakh, which lies at the northern tip of India, and captured powerful images of the last bastion of ancient Tibetan culture, and says that “Ladakh connects with me at a very emotional and spiritual level. I can spend a lifetime in there."
He's an Indian photographer who exhibited in New Delhi and at the Photokina in Cologne, Germany. His photographs have been published in leading newspapers and magazines in India. He also won the National Habitat Award for Best Photography Exhibition for 2002. In the summer of 2005 he published his picture book Ladakh.
I attended a photo talk by Prabir at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC a couple of years ago, where he described how he gilded a selection of his photographs of Ladakhi murals using a technique suggested to him by the monks themselves.