Kolkata, Sept 11 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): Noted Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh inaugurated an exhibition put up to celebrate hundred years of Hollywood featuring rare photographs of yesteryear’s tinseltown stars, here on Friday night.
The collection, exhibited in India for the first time according to the organisers, displays a host of mostly black and white pictures of the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Alfred Hitchcock and more taken by some of the world’s finest photographers.
“I love how these photographs focus on the off-screen aspects of film making. It’s absolutely wonderful how these rare moments have been captured so perfectly,” Ghosh told IBNS.
Organised collectively by photography promotion group Tasveer, international photographic cooperative Magnum, luxury brand Ganjam and The Seagull Foundation of Arts, works of Robert Cupa, Dennis Stock, Eve Arnold, Phillipe Halsman among others have been included in the exhibition ‘At the Movies – Magnum ke Tasveer’.
“I like all of them. Each one is just so poignant and nostalgic. My favourite would have to be (Satyajit) Ray shooting for Aparijita though,” said the National Award-winning director.
The exhibition will continue till September 20 at the Seagull Arts and Media Resource Centre in here in Bhowanipore.
Naveen Kishore from Seagull Foundation said even though some of the pictures displayed were quite illustrious and featured in magazines, the exhibition was the first-of-its-kind encounter for city photography connoisseurs.
“These photographs are of stars that people of my generation grew up with and it’s just so nice to see them like this. The beauty of the photographs is universal; that’s what draws us to them,” he said.
Going through the displays, Ritparno Ghosh said, “The photograph of Sophia (Loren) is simply mesmerizing. But I didn’t like the colored photographs of (Alfred) Hitchcock; very gimmicky.”
“We see these greats of celluloid all the time on screen, but the bits that are from beyond the director’s frame are an entirely different dimension. They are very important pieces of the history of film making,” said the Antarmahal director.
(Photos by Avishek Mitra/IBNS)