A Portrait of the Artist in the World by Paresh Maity

A Portrait of the Artist in the World by Paresh Maity hit the shelves on 22nd June 2020. In this book, Maity and Ghosh create a compelling visual chronicle of an artist at work. It has been published by Westland.

Paresh Maity is perhaps India’s most successful contemporary artist. Nemai Ghosh is one of India’s best-known photographers, one with beginnings in a golden past. The two met fortuitously at an exhibition in Kolkata, and as they conversed they realized that they had much in common—including common roots in the same district in Bengal. Maity, spontaneous, and mercurial as ever, made Ghosh an irresistible offer.

Ghosh was to shoot Maity as he traveled and worked in places across India and the globe. He would document the artist’s present-day life and of Maity revisiting places from his past. As he shot and composed frames and built a narrative, Ghosh began to take on a new role: as the director of this story. The result is a book that brings together the genius of Ghosh and Maity, and a compelling visual chronicle of an artist at work.

About the Author

Photographs: Nemai Ghosh has been the distinctive Satyajit Ray photographer, recording the auteur and his films over a thirty-year span with unusual fidelity and affection, and has worked extensively in cinema and theatre, as well as in documenting tribal life. Nemai Ghosh has published several books, including Satyajit Ray at 70 with a foreword by Henri Cartier-Bresson; Satyajit Ray: A Vision of Cinema.

Art: Paresh Maity has been felicitated by various national and international institutions, and was awarded the Padma Shri by the government of India for his contribution to the arts. Several books have been published on Maity’s work, including The World on a Canvas – A Visual Voyage and An Enchanting Journey – Paresh Maity’s Kerala. He is represented in several public and private collections all over the world.

Text: Ina Puri is a writer, biographer, art curator, and collector. She is the author of several books, including In Black & White, Faces of Indian Art, and Journey with a Hundred Strings. Her latest book is Raghu Rai’s Kolkata. Ina’s three-decade-long engagement with the arts embraces everything from tribal art and folk theatre to contemporary performing arts, visual arts, and literature.

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