Raghu Rai was born in 1942, in a small village called Jhang in Western Punjab, today’s Pakistan. He started his career as a photographer for the “Statesman” newspaper, slowly he started to prove himself in the field of photo-journalism. He also did do an exhibition of his photographs in Paris during 1971, it was during this time he caught the eyes of Henri-Cartier-Bresson the co-founder of Magnum Photos. Impressed by his talent, Henri then nominated Raghu Rai to join Magnum group. His editorial pictures have contributed largely towards the social, cultural and public themes. Being specialized in covering the life in India, Rai has produced more than 20 books on Photography.
His Phenomenal and lifetime achievement would be for Green Peace, when he did a in depth documentary on the chemical disaster which happened in Bhopal during 1984. He also exhibited his works in supporting the lives of victims, who haven’t received any compensation.
Some Interesting Facts about Raghu Rai
- He is the only Indian to contribute to the Magnum Photos.
- The Only Photographer from India to have achieved Padma Shree – a prestigious award from the Government of India.
- He has served more than three times as a Jury for the most celebrated World Press Photo.
Publications of Raghu Rai
- Varanasi: Portrait of a Civilization
- Bombay Mumbai
- India Notes
- Raghu Rai’s India: Reflections in Colour
- Raghu Rai’s India: Reflections in Black and White
- INDIAS GREAT MASTERS: A Photographic Journey into the Heart of Classical Music
- Raghu Rai… in His Own Words (Pocket Art S.)
- Faith and Compassion: The Life and Work of Mother Teresa
- Romance of India
- Mother Teresa : A Life of Dedication
- Raghu Rai’s India
- Raghu Rai’s Delhi
- Indira Gandhi: A Living Legacy
- Taj Mahal
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