Professor - Cinematography Department

Chennai Campus

Anirban Lahiri

Professor - Cinematography Department

Anirban Lahiri began his career in cinema as a film critic back in the early years of the 21st Century. With a background in Comparative Literature and a Masters in Film Studies, he had worked as Producer in TV channels, contributor to the culture and entertainment pages of leading dailies and technical translator before he joined L V Prasad Film & TV Academy as a student of Cinematography.

During his days in Chennai, Anirban got extremely interested in bridging Culture Studies and Filmmaking. He started working as an Editor for DearCinema, the first Indian portal for World Cinema at the same time.

After graduating from Prasad, he assisted leading Cinematographers in Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai for three years. Among his bosses and mentors, the working style of Rafey Mahmood influenced him mostly.

Anirban specialized in Documentaries and TV Commercials as Cinematographer, with four feature length documentaries and 20 commercials. Among his latest works, Kick and Tell was an official selection in the Toronto Film Channel Awards.

He taught Cinematography, Film Direction and Film Appreciation & Theory at Digital Academy, Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment and Atharva Institute of Film & Television in Senior Faculty Positions for 10 years. He also wrote extensively on visualization, staging & blocking and technical matters in cinema during these years, primarily as the Executive Editor of Film Perspectives, first technical education magazine in print from India.

As a teacher, his expertise lies in script visualization, staging & blocking, lighting with minimalistic approaching, documentary, film history and film theory.

Anirban loves coding, traveling, music, learning new languages and martial arts.