Smartphone cameras met some of their distinguished predecessors in Kolkata on Sunday, with people flocking to Gaganendra Shilpa Pradarsha- shala to explore an exhibit of cameras used by filmmakers such as the Lumiere brothers, Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak.
Twelve vintage cameras were put on display at the exhibition, titled Look Thru, held as part of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF). Classics shot by the cameras include Pather Panchali, Subarnarekha and Komol Gandhar.
“Filmmakers such as Satyajit Ray, Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen made evergreen movies by using various cameras, which were very hard to get in their times. Movies cannot be made without cameras and this equipment requires equal attention just like the films. The real hero of a film is the camera and in a bid to bring these vintage cameras to the commoners, we have launched this exhibition,” said Rhitobrata Bhattacharya, KIFF executive council member, to The Indian Express.
Bhattacharya said the cameras were collected from Aurora Film Corporation Pvt. Ltd., filmmaker Goutam Ghosh and other private collectors. Cameras such as Bolex, Maurer 16 mm, Arriflex 35 mm, Arriflex Blimp, Bell and Howell, Super Parvo, Mitchell 35 mm and Red One have also been put on display.
Anjan Bose, managing director of the 110-year company Aurora Film Corporation Pvt Ltd, told The Indian Express that they have provided six vintage cameras to the film festival organisers.
“This equipment was used to make films in the silent era. These are some rare and invaluable cameras, which are like treasures for us,” Bose said.
Bollywood filmmaker Prakash Jha inaugurated the exhibition on Saturday evening.