Photographer Nemai Ghosh has been the quintessential Satyajit Ray biographer through his decades-long close association with the master filmmaker. The vast photographic archive he has built up over his career, consisting of over one lakh images, is now housed at DAG Modern. From this invaluable part of India’s cinematic and photographic history is drawn the current exhibition, Nemai Ghosh: Satyajit Ray & Beyond.
While justly associated with photographing the films and the person of the auteur, Satyajit Ray, the exhibition attempts to bring to light Ghosh’s lesser-known but equally extensive documentation of Indian cinema, comprising mainstream Hindi cinema from Bombay as well as regional Bengali cinema. On feature are several iconic and never-before-seen images of actors, scenes, sets and locations taken over a twenty-five year period. The accompanying catalogue comprises of wide ranging essays by writers on cinema, besides plates of exhibition images. Through this celebration of Nemai Ghosh’s work with cinema, Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum along with DAG Modern is pleased to showcase a section of this significant archive.
"The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum is delighted to host this exhibition of photographs by well known photographer Nemai Ghosh, in collaboration with DAG Modern. Featuring several iconic and never seen before images of actors, scenes, sets and locations, this lesser-known documentation of Indian cinema is on display for the first time in Mumbai." - Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, Managing Trustee and Hon. Director, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
“Nemai Ghosh’s consistent documentation of the work of the auteur Satyajit Ray and Indian cinema is both an aesthetic delight and a significant record of this period in Indian cinema. DAG Modern is proud to host this historically significant archive and showcase it through thematic exhibitions, of which this is the first.” - Ashish Anand, Managing Director, DAG Modern
The Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation (PDAF) is a non- profit organisation that was founded in 2014 by the late Dilip Dahanukar in honor of his wife Prafulla Dahanukar, who was an eminent modern artist of India at the time of the Progressive movement. The aim of the organisation is to create a network for the Artist community in India, recognise and publicise the work of talented emerging artists. The Foundation continues Prafulla’s work as a tremendous influencer in the world of art, encouraging young artists and leading artist organisations in the growing contemporary art scene post-independence.