Benu Sen

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Benu Sen
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Benu Sen at Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata.
Benu Sengupta

(1932-05-26)26 May 1932
Kolkata, British India
Died17 May 2011(2011-05-17) (aged 78)
Barasat, India
EmployerIndian Museum
OrganizationPhotographic Association of Dum Dum
Notable work
Pictorial Photography, BS-4 (fine grain developer)[1]
ChildrenOne daughter, Banhi
Parent(s)Manindranath Sengupta, Provabati Sengupta
RelativesBiswatosh Sengupta

Benu Sen (26 May 1932 – 17 May 2011) was an Indian photographer from Kolkata, India.[2] He was the second son among seven children of Manindranath and Provabati Sengupta.

He was the Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Photography (FIP), the Indian chapter of the Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique (FIAP),[3] and President of the Photographic Association of Dum Dum (PAD).[4] In his book, History of Journalism: A Legend of Glory, Prof. Santanu Banerjee mentioned, "His passion was to guide the oncoming photographers in the profession. During his life span, he made a pretty number of students dazzled in the arena of photography."[5][citation needed]


A Photography Unit was set up in the Indian Museum in 1964 for photo documentation of art objects.[6] Sen was in-charge of the unit. He retired from the museum as Photo Officer in 1990 having contributed many photographic works both in the field of social and cultural anthropology and museum related photographs.


Publications by Sen[edit]

  • Art of Photography (1979)[7]

Publications paired with others[edit]

  • Learn Photography. Photographic Association of Dum Dum.
  • Experimental Photography. Photographic Association of Dum Dum.


Last health issue and death[edit]

Benu Sen is being comforted by hospital staff on 1 May 2011 at Barasat.

Sen was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Barasat near Kolkata, from 7 to 15 April 2011, as he had been suffering from retention of urine due to prostate enlargement and low haemoglobin count due to his previous heart problem with diabetes mellitus. Surgery of the prostate gland was suggested.[9]

On the evening of 19 April 2011 Benu Sen was readmitted to the previous hospital at Barasat, for a pre-surgical preparation of prostate gland

Several meetings held by the senior persons of Photographic Association of Dum Dum and the hospital personnel on 16 May 2011 for the health crisis of Benu Sen at Barasat.

surgery.[10] Some physiological problems developed due to his old age.[11] On 16 May 2011 Sen suffered from a serious chest infection, leading to the deterioration of his health and he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).[12] He died on 17 May 2011 in Barasat.[13]


  1. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India – Chandigarh Stories". 10 October 2003. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ Pictorial Photography 4th Association of Creative Photographers Salon 1989 – publication
  3. ^ "International Federation of Photographic Art". FIAP. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Benu Sen, The Legend of Indian Photography". 27 January 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  5. ^ Santanu Banerjee (2010). History of Journalism : A Legend of Glory. Suhrid Publication. ISBN 978-81-92151-99-1.
  6. ^ Comptroller & Auditor General of India, report No. 4 of 2005 (Civil) of CHAPTER III : MINISTRY OF CULTURE, p: 37
  7. ^ Benu Sen (1987). Art of photography: a guide book for creative photography. Photographic Association of Dum Dum. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  8. ^ "Press Information Bureau Government of India. Thursday, August 19, 2010. Life-Time Achievement Awards Conferred to Four Legendary Photographers by Vice President Shri M. Hamid Ansari". 19 August 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Sri Benu Sen Is Recovering Now (15th April, 2011)." Sri Benu Sen Is Recovering Now.(15 April 2011). Web. 15 April 2011. <> Archived 19 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Sri Benu Sen Got Re-admitted in BCR&WC Barasat on 19th April, 2011." Web. 20 April 2011.
  11. ^ "Benu Da's Operation Has Been Delayed Due to Low Level of Potassium Balance.." Welcome to the PAD Alumni. Web. 24 April 2011. <> Archived 23 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "PAD Alumni." Welcome to the PAD Alumni. Web. 17 May 2011. <> Archived 23 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ The History of Journalism : A Legend of Glory by Santanu Banerjee [p. 141], Suhrid Publication, ISBN 9788192151991, 1st Edition,2013.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Benu Sen at Wikimedia Commons