An authority in photojournalism, Raghu Rai, the honorary Presidential 'Padmashree' awarded photographer from India is considered as one of the most eminent photographers. Having worked for The Statesman and also as the Photography Director of India Today, this once freelance photographer has thrice remained a part of jury of World Press Photo. Raghu Rai came into the profession of photography in 1965. In 1966, he became the photographer-in-chief of The Statesman where he worked until he joined the weekly magazine Sunday, in 1977. Raghu Rai has worked for India Today from 1982 to 1991. An institution in him, though majority of his works are in black and white, his artfulness in his colored photographs are evident. He is presently busy with the Indian music legends and books on Delhi and Varanasi.Raghu Rai was critically acclaimed for the cover story of National Geographic ‘Human Management of Wildlife in India’ in 1992. The famous magazines and newspapers where his works have been published include Time, GEO, The New York Times, Sunday Times, Life, Newsweek, The Independent, D Magazine, GQ, Vogue and the New Yorker. Other than these, Raghu Rai has exhibited his works London, Paris, New York, Hamburg, Prague, Tokyo, Zurich and Sydney. Renowned personalities like Mother Teresa and Indira Gandhi have found a place in the lens of RghuRai’s camera.Photojournalism in India got a new lease of life in the hands of Raghu Rai. He had captured the condition of those affected in the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in 1982, despite the fact of being infected by the deadly chemical out there. In 2002, Raghu Rai traveled to Bhopal for capturing the effects of the tragedy that continued among the people and the place even after 20 years. He has given most of his career in photographing his motherland India. Having visited places all over India including Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, Raghu has some twenty books photographed on India in his kitty. He is also known for photographing the exiled people of Tibet in India.Henri Cartier Bresson, the legendary photographer selected Raghu Rai for Magnum Photos, a cooperative for photographers.
Raghu Rai: A Retrospective is at the Aicon Gallery, London W1, Friday 22 January to 20 Februar
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