Nemai Ghosh, the famous Indian photographer most known for working with the Greatest Filmmaker of all times Satyajit Ray as a still photographer for over two decades, beginning with Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne (1969) till Ray’s final film Agantuk (1991). He was a jury member at the 2007 National Film Awards and was granted the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2010. He passed away on 25 March 2020. He was 85. He majorly worked with Satyajit Ray with making his movies for over 30 years. He was 85 and suffering from old-age complications. Henri Cartier-Bresson, the master of candid photography said Ghosh ‘allows us to be intimate with filmmaking, and to feel the drive, the alertness and the profundity of this giant of cinema’.

Ray described him as “a sort of [James] Boswell with a camera than a pen”, Ghosh’s work secured the making of Ray’s movies for over three decades, as well as theater in Bengal, Indian artist,  and tribes. His hometown is Kolkata.

Nemai Ghosh, Satyajit Ray’s photo-biographer, passes away. Ghosh’s pic in 1969 of Ray directing Sharmila Tagore & Soumitra

There is no other lensman who captured the many moods of the master like Nemai Ghosh, to reunions in the afterlife!

Apart from portraying Ray and his movies, Ghosh too shot the making of Ritwik Ghatak’s Jukti Takko Aar Gappo (1974), Mrinal Sen’s  Interview (1970), Calcutta 71 (1972) and Ek Adhuri Kahani (1971), Gautam Ghose’s Paar (1984), and MS Sathyu’s Ijjodu (2010). Once Ghosh said, “I am choosy about film assignments because I insist on reading the entire script of a film before accepting the work. I do this because I work hard to sustain the high standards Ray helped me establish.”

Stunning photos of Satyajit Ray at work, taken by master photographer Nemai Ghosh

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Ghosh too followed a few Indian painters and artists, such as Jamini Roy, Ramkinker Baij and Benodebehari Mukherjee. A few of these pictures were distributed within the 2007 book Faces of Indian Art: Through the Lens of Nemai Ghosh. He also photographed locals and tribes over India, from Bastar, Chhattisgarh to Kutch, Gujarat and many others.

Ghosh was also a theater enthusiast, broadly captured Bengali theater and its stalwarts including  Utpal Dutt, Tripti Mitra, Badal Sircar, and Shombu Mitra. These photographs can be found in his book Dramatic Moments: Photographs and Memories of Calcutta Theatre from the Sixties to the Nineties (2000).