From actors sharing a laugh to them unwinding following a hard day's shoot, photographer Nemai Ghosh had a flair for capturing screen icons in candid, vulnerable moments in the most heartwarming, fascinating way possible. As a result he was one of the leading documenters of the cinema, especially Bengali cinema, through the seventies and the eighties.
Often referred to as Academy Award winning filmmaker Satyajit Ray's 'biographer', Ghosh has captured Ray in myriad moods. In one frame Ghosh has captured Ray in a playful conversation with a child actor - his eyes widened, his brows arched and a mischievous smile lurking around the corner of his mouth - and it almost seems like he is conversing with the child as his equal. In another, he looks pensive and focussed, giving directions to actors Soumitro Chatterjee and Sharmila Tagore.
He has exhibited his work at Cannes in 1991, at London in 1992, and several times at Kolkata and Delhi, and published a selection of his photographs in a book, titled Satyajit Ray at 70, with a preface by the late French humanist photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Ghosh was also a jury member at the 2007 National Film Awards, and was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2010.
Here are some photographs by Ghosh compiled by Cinemadrome:
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