Saturday, February 23, 2013

God Lives In India Among The Poor

dressed like
them in tattered
clothes he wanders
seeking alms
i am sure
rich hardened
hearts that
pain sufferings
need not endure
god the creator
confused perplexed
a disease he sees
festering the human
soul he cannot cure

Mr Raghu Rai Blesses Me and My Camera at the Maha Kumbh

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Raghu Rai (born 1942) is an Indian photographer and photojournalist.[1][2] A protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson who appointed Rai, then a young photojournalist to Magnum Photos in 1977, which he co-founded.[3]
Rai became a photographer in 1965, and a year later joined the staff of The Statesman, a New Delhi publication. In 1976, he left the paper and became a freelance photographer. From 1982 up until 1992, Rai was the director of photography for India Today. He has served on the jury for World Press Photo from 1990 to 1997.[4] He is most known for his books, Raghu Rai's India: Reflections in Colour and Reflections in Black and White.[3]
Contents  [hide]
1 Early life
2 Career
3 Personal life
4 Awards
5 Exhibitions
6 Collection
7 Books
8 Quotations
9 References
10 External links
[edit]Early life

Raghu Rai was born in the small village of Jhang, Punjab, British India (now in Pakistan).[4][5]

Raghu Rai took up photography in 1965, and the following year joined "The Statesman" newspaper as its chief photographer. Rai left "The Statesman" in 1976 to work as picture editor for "Sunday," a weekly news magazine published in Calcutta. Impressed by an exhibit of his work in Paris in 1971, Henri Cartier-Bresson nominated Rai to join Magnum Photos in 1977.[3]
Rai left "Sunday" in 1980 and worked as Picture Editor/Visualizer/Photographer of "India Today", India’s leading news magazine, during its formative years. From 1982 to 1991, he worked on special issues and designs, contributing trailblazing picture essays on social, political and cultural themes, many of which became the talking point of the magazine.
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. His photo essays have appeared in many of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers including Time, Life, GEO, The New York Times, Sunday Times, Newsweek, The Independent, and the New Yorker.
For Greenpeace, he has completed an in-depth documentary project on the chemical disaster at Bhopal in 1984, which he covered as a journalist with India Today in 1984, and on its ongoing effects on the lives of gas victims. This work resulted in a book, Exposure: A Corporate Crime and three exhibitions that toured Europe, America, India and southeast Asia after 2004, the 20th anniversary of the disaster. Rai wanted the exhibition to support the many survivors through creating greater awareness, both about the tragedy, and about the victims – many who are still uncompensated – who continue to live in the contaminated environment around Bhopal.[6]
He has served three times on the jury of the World Press Photo and twice on the jury of UNESCO's International Photo Contest.
[edit]Personal life

Raghu Rai lives in Delhi with his wife Gurmeet Rai and 2 daughters, Avani and Purvai and a son Nitin Rai who himself is an accomplished photographer. He continues to be an associate of Magnum Photos.

Padmashree’ in 1972
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)

2012 My India - FotoFreo, Australia
2007 Les Rencontres d'Arles festival, France
2005 India - Musei Capitolini Centrale Montemartini, Rome, Italy
2005 Bhopal 1984–2004 - Melkweg Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2004 Exposure - Drik Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Leica Gallery,Prague, Czech Republic
2003 Exposure: Portrait of a Corporate Crime - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
2003 Bhopal - Sala Consiliare, Venice, Italy; Photographic Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2002 Volkart Foundation, Winterthur, Switzerland
2002 Raghu Rai’s India - A Retrospective – Photofusion, London, UK
1997 Retrospective - National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France

2013 Bangladesh: The Price of Freedom, Niyogi Books. ISBN 978-93-81523-69-8.|url=
2011 The Indians: Portraits From My Album, Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-670-08469-2.[7]
2010 India's Great Masters: A Photographic Journey into the Heart of Classical Music[8]
2005 Mother Theresa: A Life of Dedication, Harry N. Abrams, USA
2005 Romance of India, Timeless Books, India
2004 Indira Gandhi: A Living Legacy, Timeless Books, India
2004 Exposure: Portrait Of A Corporate Crime, Greenpeace, Netherlands
2003/04 Saint Mother: A Life Dedicated, Timeless Books, India;Mère Teresa), La Martinière, France
2002 Bhopal Gas Tragedy (with Suroopa Mukherjee), Tulika Publishers, India
2001 Raghu Rai's India - A Retrospective, Asahi Shimbun, Japan
2000 Lakshadweep, UT of Lakshadweep, India
2000 Raghu Rai... in his Own Words, Roli Books, India
1998 Man, Metal and Steel, Steel Authority of India, Ltd., India
1997 My Land and Its People, Vadehra Gallery, India
1996 Faith and Compassion: The Life and Work or Mother Teresa, Element Books, USA
1996/01 Dreams of India, Times Editions, Singapore/Greenwich, UK
1994 Raghu Rai's Delhi, Indus/Harper Collins, India
1991 Khajuraho, Time Books International, India
1990/91 Tibet in Esilio, Mondadori, Italy; (Tibet in Exile), Chronicle Books, USA
1990 Delhi and Agra (with Lai Kwok Kin and Nitin Rai), Hunter Publications, Inc., USA
1989 Calcutta, Time Books International, India
1988 Dreams of India, Time Books International, Singapore; (L'Inde), Arthaud, France
1986/87 Taj Mahal, Times Editions, Singapore; Robert Laffont, France; Rizzoli Publications, USA
1985 Indira Gandhi (with Pupul Jayakar), Lustre Press, India
1984 The Sikhs, Lustre Press, India
1983 Delhi: A Portrait, Delhi Tourist Development Corporation/Oxford University Press, India/UK
1974 A Day in the life of Indira Gandhi, Nachiketa Publications, India

"Either you capture the mystery of things or you reveal the mystery. Everything else is just information." [4]

the confluence where three rivers meet

a canopy
of hurling
of life
after death
heart beats
fate shivers
cant cheat
born through
of dust
a poetic
to be or
not to be
in rapid
will come
to delete

Navratri Khamkhya Temple Assam

Courtesy Jyoti A Deka Guwahati