We all have dreams. We all wish to fulfill our dreams. But that requires a lot of hard work, perseverance and will power from our side. Story of Raghu Rai reminds me of the same. Raghu Rai started his photography career 1962 and since then he have given such great works to the Indian society that they have touched every one’s heart. He has captured closely photographs of some great personalities from our late former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to the works done by Mother Teresa. Raghu Rai has travelled whole India and while doing so he have brought out through his works the essence of the nation.
Because of me being from Bhopal, his work on the Bhopal Gas Tragedy has greatly touched me. He did not just click beautiful pictures, his works held the reality of the society. He tried to tell the ugly truths of the society which has really motivated me as well to capture situations that would help for the greater good of the society and not just my own achievements. He even published a book called Exposure: A Corporate Crime which depicted the effects of the gas tragedy on the people of Bhopal. The book helped create awareness about the tragedy and a lot of relief for the victims.
Raghu Rai have some more books published under his name like India, Taj Mahal, Khujraho, Delhi, etc. which gained a lot of critical acclaim and appreciation. His works have also been published in many leading magazines and newspapers like The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, Vogue, etc. He also went on to be the first photojournalist in the history of India to have won a Padma Shree for his works on Bangladesh refugees during the war of 1971. In 1992 he was awarded ‘Photographer of the Year’ in USA for his story on the ‘Human Management of wildlife in India’ which was published in National Geographic. In 2009 he was conferred ‘Officier des Arts et des Lettres’ by the French Government.