We are deeply saddened by the passing of Nemai Ghosh.
Born on 8 May 1934, Nemai Ghosh was a renowned photographer from India. He was best known for working with Satyajit Ray; an association which lasted for nearly three decades, and earned him the title of ‘Boswell with a camera’; starting with Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne in 1969 to Ray’s last film Agantuk in 1991.
His exhibition ‘Sayajit Ray: From Script to Screen’ was organised and exhibited in Dhaka, Chittagong, Rashahi, Tangail, Jessore and Mymensingh, organised by the Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, High Commission of India in Bangladesh and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, in 2006. It featured selected photographs from his phenomenal archive of over 95,000 negatives collected over the years.
Ghosh was also credited for films such as Ritwik Ghatak’s Jukti Takko 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), among many others.
He was a jury member at the National Film Awards in 2007 and was a recipient of the Padma Shree by Government of India in 2010.
Ghosh had also extensively worked with Bengali theatre. He has collaborated with Utpal Dutt, Tripti Mitra, Badal Sircar, and Shombu Mitra, to name a few. His work with Bengali theatre is highlighted in the publication Dramatic Moments: Photographs and Memories of Calcutta Theatre from the Sixties to the Nineties (2000).
Nemai Ghosh passed away on 25 March 2020, at the age of 85.