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RAGHU RAI – STORY
“I feel that to be successful in any profession, you need to be passionate and eager to experiment. If photography is your interest, traveling will help you a great deal, as you would get to experiment and learn.”
A photographer, influencer, photo journalist and a speaker through actions.
Holder of prestigious awards like the Padmashree in 1972 and also awarded as Photographer of the Year from USA 1992 and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Inspirational/Spiritual.
Raghu Rai, born 1942, 18th December is an Indian photographer and photojournalist.
Raghu Rai, full name Raghunath Rai Chowdhry, was born in the village of Jhang, Punjab, British India (now in Pakistan). He was not always a photographer, he is an engineer through education worked on the steps his father wanted him to walk on so as to be the government employee. Worked as an engineer for 2 years with the government. But who can keep a person away from his destiny. He started learning for his passion from 1962 from his elder brother S. Paul when he was unemployed for a year.
He never left any opportunity that came in his hands starting from his first picture of a baby donkey being published in Times newspaper, London. Then started working with S. Paul an award winning photographer in 1965 and the long journey leading to joining the Magnum Photos in 1977 and being the first Indian Magnum Photographer. He has been the photographer for newspapers like The Statesman, Sunday and India Today. He was a protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson
Rai’s camera focused on the cycle of life, and even death. He is an activist doing an in-depth documentary on Bhopal Gas Tragedy in 1984, and its after effects on the victims which travelled around the world. Rai has covered India extensively be it the Taj Mahal not just as the beautiful Minaret but the children washed ashore, the black side of it, the Bangladesh War (the pictures of which were exhibited), Emergency period. He covered the strong women such as Mother Teresa and Indira Gandhi.
He has published 18 books till date which hold the photographs to the real world.
Raghu Rai believes it is a cliché statement which says, ‘A photograph is a worth a thousand word’. He believes that ’A photograph is rather something which takes your breath away, which shows the complete story which is always kept hidden by someone’.
Rai loves his country from his heart and works for the hidden story of the greatness in both happiness and tragedies of this land.