Raghu Rai is one of the topmost Indian Photographer and Photojournalist. He was a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson, who selected Rai, to Magnum Photos in 1977.
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Like Cartier-Bresson, Rai believes in the importance of the telling detail and the captured moment: the crucial accent that gives greater meaning to the whole. "Either you capture the mystery of things or you reveal the mystery," Rai expains. "Everything else is just information."
Raghu Rai's early pictures were bold, close, graphic, strong – even decorative. But after he joined journalism he started dealing with daily life, ordinary or big happenings. He wanted to capture the slice of life and that was the most basic shift.
Of the hundreds of images produced in the days after the Bhopal gas leak, he stood out in the public memory. The burial of a girl who died from inhaling the gas, her eyes turned glassy blue, the smallness of her face accentuated by a man's hand, bestowing a final loving caress. Raghu Rai's black and white photograph was taken from a high angle at one end of the makeshift grave.
Rai has specialized in extensive coverage of India. He has produced more than 18 books, including Raghu Rai’s Delhi, The Sikhs, Calcutta, Khajuraho, Taj Mahal, Tibet in Exile, India, and Mother Teresa. Beside he was awarded for several fields in photography. He was awarded the ‘Padmashree’ in 1971, one of India’s highest civilian awards ever given to a photographer.
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