Photography Ustaad- Raghu Rai (1942)
Raghu Rai is a renowned photojournalist in the Indian history of photography. Rai became a photographer in year 1965 and he managed to make an entry in “The Statesman, a New Delhi publication” the very next year. After serving the publication for 10 years he started Freelancing. From 1982 until 1992 he was a director of photography in India Today. He has also served the jury for World Press Photo three times.
R.R was born in small village called Jhhang, British India (now in Pakistan). He is currently based in Delhi with his family and continues to be an associate of Magnum photos.
He has achieved:
- the Padmashree in 1971,
- National Geographic cover story “Human Management of Wildlife in India” won him widespread critical acclaim for the piece. (1992)
- Photographer of the year from USA (1992)
Raghu Rai’s work has created a mark in the Indian history. He has documented subjects that included Indira Gandhi (1974), the cities of Delhi (1983), the Sikhs (1984), Tibet in exile (1990), Mother Teresa (1996), The Bhopal disaster (2002),Twnty-five of his photographs are eld in permanent collection of France’s Bibliotheque Nationale and in 1997 the National Gallery of Modern Art in delhi gave him the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to the work of a contemporary Indian ?photgrapher.
5 Photography tips from Ace photographer Raghu Rai
“Skills are never taught, they are acquired. I can give you a camera. but can’t feed your vision.”
“Photography is a struggle to respond to the situations and realize its importance. Death and life don’t wait for anyone. One has to understand this hidden meaning before picking up a camera.”
“Non-professional photographers should begin clicking portraits as it teaches them to connect with emotions better than juggling between doing overambitious pictures”
“If your mind is not connected to what you are shooting then you are not a hood photographer”
“A creative photographer is one who either captures mystery or reveals things, everything else is useless.”
To find more of Raghu Rai’s interesting work log onto :
- Imaging India
- Raghu Rai’s page on Magnum
- Rai’s feature about Mumbai on Magnum
- Raghu Rai: The Man Who Redefined Photojournalism in India