An album in Black & White
Ray is a fascinating book of pictures of celluloid maestro Satyajit Ray by the noted photo-journalist, Aloke Mitra. The legend comes alive like never before through the lens of one of India’s foremost recorders of visual memory. The book includes an exclusive testimonial from Mrinal Sen as well as a deeply engaging essay by Shankarlal Bhattacharjee.
Photographers are essentially explorers, going any distance to capture the extraordinary in the routine world. Aloke Mitra, a photographer with an exceptional sense of perception, reaches beyond the vision of ordinary eyes and secures wonderful images of Ray that range from the candid to the contemplative and from the private to the accessible spheres of his life and times.
Photographs arrest Ray in conversation with eminent personalities, in his inimitable style of handling the camera, focusing on his subjects, directing his musicians and shooting various remarkable talents of the film industry.
"Some of the most interesting pictures are the ones in which Mitra juxtaposes Ray with beautiful women such as Suchitra Sen and Ruma Guhathakurta. These photographs serve to highlight the sheer strength of Ray’s personality, the restraint in his expressive, handsome face and the class and sombre confidence with which he carried himself."
Nayantara Mazumder, The Telegraph
"Moments captured forever!"
HT City, Correspondent