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Duggal Mourns the Loss of Visionary Founder, Baldev Duggal

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Duggal Mourns the Loss of Visionary Founder, Baldev Duggal

Duggal Visual Solutions holds a heavy heart in sharing the passing of our beloved founder, Baldev Duggal, who died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of June 29, 2016. He was 78 years old.

Born in Jalandhar, India, Mr. Duggal spent his teenage years envisioning a storybook immigration to the United States of America. He arrived in New York City in 1957 with nothing more than a one-way ticket, a student visa, $200, and a dream.

Mr. Duggal had been captivated by the power of photography since childhood, when his grandfather gave him his first Brownie camera. He had seen his first photographic success at age 15, when he won a magazine cover photo contest in India. But his love for the art extended far beyond simply creating photographs–he sought to empower the entire photography community as a whole, and believed he could truly make an impact on the world by promoting visual artists and their work.

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From humble beginnings processing film in the bathtub of his Manhattan apartment to building a company that today employs more than 360 people and serves a global clientele of top brands and creative professionals, Mr. Duggal’s accomplishments during his time on Earth were nothing short of incredible. He was a pioneer of New York’s Photo District in the 1960s, launching his business–then called Duggal Color–in 1962 with the invention of his revolutionary dip and dunk automated film processing, still widely used today.

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Mr. Duggal would go on to earn the respect and trust of several eras’ worth of legendary photographers such as Bert Stern, Richard Avedon, Albert Watson, Vic Muniz, and David LaChapelle. He was an early and ongoing adapter of digital photography, most notably being the first photo lab owner to expand into digital imaging with high-resolution drum scanning in the late 1970s.

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Always the trailblazer, in the early 1990s Mr. Duggal was the first to print and install a photographic quality image large enough to wrap around an entire building, setting a trend now followed as a matter of course throughout the advertising industry.

During his later years, Mr. Duggal was instrumental in developing the Brooklyn Navy Yard into a national capital for conservation and green manufacturing, namely with his prized venue, the Duggal Greenhouse, which he had converted from a dilapidated ship repair facility into a hybrid entertainment-eco-friendly events venue that drew the likes of AOL, Dior, Lady GaGa, Beyoncé, Nike, and a 2016 Democratic Debate.

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Mr. Duggal’s business acumen was legendary–his success, astronomic. He achieved the quintessential American Dream. His most profound mark, however, was his passion for creativity and innovation. He had a gift that only a handful of leaders in history have ever had, and that was the ability to deeply inspire every single person he shook hands with.

Mr. Duggal always spoke of leaving the world a better place than he found it, for his children, grandchildren, and all humankind–a mission he fulfilled in countless ways. Those who knew him cherished him as more than an entrepreneur, more than an inventor, and even more than the icon so many people saw him as. He was the heart of Duggal Visual Solutions–a truly beautiful soul who will be missed dearly and honored each day we come to work bearing the Duggal name on our chests, across our backs, in our email signatures, and now in our hearts. Together the Duggal family and team will carry on Mr. Duggal’s legacy and vision.

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A public memorial will be held for Mr. Duggal on Wednesday, July 6 at 3:00 p.m. EST at the Duggal Greenhouse. The building is located at 26 Navy Street, Building 268, Brooklyn, New York. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Duggal Big Picture Foundation at gofundme.com/duggalbigpicture.

 

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17 Comments

  1. As a young aspiring photographer, right off the boat in NYC in 1979, It was Mr Duggal that gave me my first professional account with nothing more than a hand shake. That one act of trust gave me the leg up I needed to start and continue to this day a very successful career as a photographer and image maker.

    Mr. Duggal was a great man and a true visionary. I am better in knowing him and truly lucky in crossing his path.

    Thank you Mr. Duggal…. God Speed

  2. I used to meet often with Baldev when he was just beginning to think about computers and photography. Over the years he was an early adopter of interesting cutting edge imaging technologies and he was always excited and enthusiastic about new technological advances. He was so full of life.
    I’m so sorry he’s gone. Please accept my condolences.

  3. Mr. Duggal had that rare combination of being an artist with an entrepreneurial soul and a brilliant business man. His spirit will be missed by all who knew him.

  4. So very sorry for your loss. Mr Duggal’s life and career is so inspiring. I offer many blessings and condolences to his family, as well as his employees. May his legacy continue through his inspiration and success. 🙏🏼

  5. The world has lost a GREAT MAN and GREAT AMERICAN . My personal condolences to his family and to all those who knew him. I am positive that the leadership he provided to his employees and to his family will continue. HOSLJ organization is honoring him at the September 17, 2016 Investiture Service with The highest award we have – The Companionate of Merit and also with The Presidential Lifetime Achievement award from The White House. DameKarenHOSLJ@outlook.com http://www.saintlazarus.org http://www.saintlazarus.co

  6. A Brilliant man is Baldev in my life. He lives in me forever. Loved him and treated him as my Elder Brother. 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  7. It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Mr. Duggal. We had the privilege of meeting him in the late 90’s as we began our adventure into wildlife photography. Despite being new to the industry, Mr. Duggal always treated us professionally and with great respect. He was an inspiration to us. Our introduction to Mr. Duggal was through Bob Kapoor who shepparded us through our early years in photographic art. We will miss him.

  8. Though I never met him or had a chance to work with him, his life story is exemplary not only in what he achieved but also how he went about doing that. A great example for anybody. My condolences.

  9. A true renaissance man!!! Always a breath of inspiration…….he has left us with so much for the future of mankind…..we thank you……

  10. I was employed at Duggal Visual Solutions for 12 years and can personally testify to the kindness, goodness, mercy, and compassion of this great man. It was truly an honor to be in his employ. He truly was loved and respected by those who worked for him. It is said that the apple doesn’t fall far from . the tree. His son,Michael, exhibits the same great qualities. What a tribute to Mr.D to have such a capable man take the torch and continue to fulfill the dream that his father birthed so many years ago.

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