Photographs from the set of “Slumdog Millionaire,” this year’s Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards, are on display at the Santa Monica College Photography Gallery.
The photos taken by SMC alumna Ishika Mohan will be shown at an exhibit through Friday, March 27th at the gallery on the second floor of SMC’s Drescher Hall, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.
Mohan, who graduated from the SMC photography program in fall 2000, was hired in Mumbai by “Slumdog” producer Christian Colson and director Danny Boyle – both of whom won Oscars this year for Best Picture and Best Director respectively – to shoot stills of what would become an international sensation. The film has won numerous awards, including eight Academy Awards.
“It’s done brilliantly, much better than any of us thought or anticipated,” Mohan said. “All I knew at the time of shooting was that I was a part of something that was honest and very special.”
Mohan said being on the sets of Slumdog Millionaire was “a wonderful learning experience,” and she praised Boyle and Anthony Dod Mantle, the director of photography, for their artistic vision, patience and support.
“For me, being on set was like living the film,” Mohan said. “With Danny’s passion and Anthony’s stunning storytelling visuals, I was made to push the boundaries of what I was used to – physically yes, because of the long hours, but mentally as well.”
Prior to her work with “Slumdog,” Mohan had shot stills for four films.
The SMC Photography Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information, (310) 434-4289.