Nemai Ghosh has been the distinctive Satyajit Ray photographer, recording the auteur and his films over a thirty year span with unusual fidelity and affection. Although Ghosh is identified mainly with his association with Satyajit Ray, his work isn’t restricted to Ray’s films alone. He has worked extensively in cinema,photographing the films of several directors working in films and television – a large selection of which is featured in the current exhibition.
His passion for theatre has led to a large collection of photographs that forms a pictorial history of theatre in Kolkata over the last four decades, in both Bengali and English. His photographs capture the distinctive individualities of renowned theatre directors, actors and actresses, such as Shombu Mitra, Utpal Dutt, Tripti Mitra and Badal Sircar, among others.
Nemai Ghosh has also done extensive work documenting tribal life – in Kutch,Gujarat, Bastar in Chattisgarh and Bonda Hills, Arunachal Pradesh. The urban cityscape of Kolkata has also been an abiding photographic interest with him. Nemai Ghosh has published several books, some of which are Satyajit Ray at 70 (1991) with a foreword by Henri Cartier-Bresson; Satyajit Ray: A Vision of Cinema (2005), Barefoot Light (2002) with the NGO Sanlaap, Dramatic Moments (2000), Manik-Da: Memories of Satyajit Ray (2011) and Nemai Ghosh’s Kolkata (2014). DAG has showcased an exhibition of his works accompanied with the book, Nemai Ghosh: Satyajit Ray and Beyond (2013). Nemai Ghosh lives and works in Kolkata.