Kolkata, March 26 -- Nemai Ghosh, a master lensman also known as Oscar winner Satyajit Ray's "official photographer" in Kolkata's film circles, died at his residence in the city on Wednesday after prolonged illness. He was 86.

Ghosh, who was the still photographer in 20 of Ray's 36 films, was awarded the Padma Shri in 2010.

He is survived by wife Shibani, son Satyaki, and daughter Sharmistha.

His photographs of Kolkata's experimental theatre (during 1960s-1990s), capturing moments involving some of the most iconic actors, have also earned him a place as a photo artiste.

Ghosh's works have been exhibited in India and abroad, and are also in the collection of National Gallery of Modern Art. "He had been unwell for quite some time, but sta...