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Raghu Rai is one of India's greatest photographers. His famous images of India are usually optimistic and show a deep insight into the spiritual life of the sub-continent. He is known for his full and rich imagery of Kumbh Melas, Mother Theresa and the holy city of Varanasi, capturing transcendental moments deep within Indian society and religion. His photographs focus on the relationship of spirit and experience - they are, as he eloquently puts it, 'moments of substantive contact with the world'.
UgersenkiBaoli,Delhi It was in the centre of Delhi, a few minutes from Connaught Place. Named after Maharaja Ugersen, this baoli (well) is one of many that provided drinking water to Delhi. The emperors and kings took pains to ensure that people did not go thirsty in the scorching heat of the city. As I approached the steep old broken walls I stepped into a new space, that took me a few centuries away. Boys were diving 30-35 feet into the water below. The new skyscraper in the back formed a fitting backdrop encapsulating the Delhi of today. Modern India, merging with its ancient past.
"This was a God-sent moment. I don't remember the date but it was in the early '80s. I was coming down the steps after wrapping up the day's shoot for my book on Old Delhi and I saw this woman praying. Had I zoomed in on her then' this would not have been such a timeless photograph."
"This was a few days before Republic Day in 1990. I wanted a 'different' shot' something that could not be had from the stands on the big day. Luckily I found this shoeshine boy giving a finishing touch in a back lane near Central Secretariat."
The view from landlord Keshav Sharma's house, over the orchards of the clouded valley towards the Mashobra hills beyond FROM THE AUGUST 18 — AUGUST 25, 2003 ISSUE OF TIME MAGAZINE; POSTED MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2003
The town of Mashobra lies covered in fog near the British hill station of Shimla in the Himalayan foothills FROM THE AUGUST 18 — AUGUST 25, 2003 ISSUE OF TIME MAGAZINE; POSTED MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2003
Flower pots hang against an intensely blue sky outside Sharma's home in Mashobra FROM THE AUGUST 18 — AUGUST 25, 2003 ISSUE OF TIME MAGAZINE; POSTED MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2003