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.

Aloke Mitra

Aloke Mitra’s journey as a photojournalist began way back in 1950s. Throughout most of his professional life, he was associated with the Ananda Bazar Patrika group of publications where he worked as the chief photographer for The Telegraph, Calcutta. His search for that perfect frame led him to four wars, numerous catastrophes and some of the momentous events of our times. He was also lucky to witness from a rare proximity the life and career of charismatic personalities like Mother Teresa, Pandit Ravi Shankar, Satyajit Ray as well as people like Indira Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Lady Diana and George Harrison, to name a few.