ray: Bengal Photographic Association recalls Ray Connect and exposes its rare clicks | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: A rare collection of black and white photographs clicked by Satyajit Ray along with memorabilia that link the maestro’s relationship with the Photographic Association of Bengal (PAB), one of India’s oldest photographic clubs, is on display at the club’s address in Bhowanipore from Sunday.
Ray was the PAB’s Honorary Life Member in 1985 and a frequent visitor to the club as a judge where he interacted with aspiring photographers, discussing frames, content and light and shadow until the end. late 1980s and was popular as “Manik da” among the club. members. He was a judge of the monthly PAB members’ competition five times at the Bhowanipore Club House in 1951 and 1952. He introduced a gradation system in the process of judging photographs as A+, B+, C+, A- and so on and not by numerical numbers. Ray’s association with the club predates his joining in the late 1950s, when he began participating in salons. Ray submitted his clicked photographs to the first PAB International Monochrome Print Salon held in 1952 followed by the year 1954.
Sandip Ray, who is also an avid photographer and used to help his father take photos during filming, lent his support to PAB by donating some rare photographs that Ray clicked during his trip to Rome, New York. and Gangtok. A rare handwritten letter from Ray to the club is on display.
Along with the Ray collection, a collection of photographic reports by nine young Indian and Bangladeshi photographers will also be on display, along with hundreds of rare photography books that have been restored. The eight-day show – Fotofest 2022 (#pff2022) – will run until February 20, 2022. The exhibition can also be viewed online. “PFF2022, which will include digital presentations, print exhibits, talk shows, photo walks, contests and more, is a cumulative effort of the members of this heritage club,” said photo festival chairman, Indranil Mitra.

Michael E. Marquez