How Raghu Rai Creates An Impact On People Through His Books


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Raghu Rai has been mastering the art of photography, capturing the faces of changing India for over five decades now. Born in Jhang, Punjab (now in Pakistan), Rai has been even awarded with Padmashree for his work. Apart from getting recognised in various leading magazines all over the world, he has also served as the jury member for World Press Photo.

Over fifty years, Rai has been capturing the iconic personalities and events of India. He has documented his art in the form of several books. Known for Raghu Rai’s India: Reflections in Colour and Reflections in black and white, he likes his picture black and white. According to him, black and white maintains the authemticity of photos and helps in focussing on the subject solely.

Raghu has also published books on famous personalities of the country like Sadhguru, Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa among many others. In his book, Sadhguru, he documents the many facets of Sadhguru, a yogi and mystic, a powerful spiritual master, a compassionate son and father, a tireless adventurist, sportive competitor and much more.

In his book Picturing Time, the septuagenarian puts together the finest pictures he has taken over the course of his career. Whether it is capturing the locals of cities or eminent personalities or events, Raghu never fails to impress with his work. His wide angle shots, powerfully depicting a story leaves a sense of contemplation on his audience.

Once working on a project, Raghu got the chance to meet Mother Teresa and was inspired by her compassion. This was when he decided that he wanted to publish a book on her. Although Mother Teresa didn’t like photographers around her, Raghu convinced her and Mother Teresa: A Life Of Dedication was published.

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