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Amritsar: A City in Remembrance

Raghu Rai (Author) Gurmeet S. Rai (Editor)

“A remarkable achievement: a painstankingly researched, beautifully written and wonderfully photographed love-letter to Amritsar.” William Dalrymple- Historian & Writer “ A stunning study of the complexities and dynamism of the heartland of Sikh spirituality, its information and insightful chapters, integrated beautifully with artworks, and photographs by the legendary Raghu Rai, unfold centuries of vibrant processes and activities. Readers get a real feel of the multiple forces as they play out on this strategically located site—spiritual and commercial, local and global, rebuilding and renovating, historical and emotional, native and colonial, glorious and tragic… The riveting text and spectacular visuals palpably draw us into sacred precincts, forts and army camps, palaces, treasures, refugee camps, museums, bazaars, theatres… Indeed a magnificent achievement! Amritsar: A City in Remembrance looks forward towards an exciting shared future for humanity. A must for global audiences.” Dr. Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh- Crawford Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, Colby College. A rich kaleidoscopic viewing of Amritsar that celebrates its many urban fragments, artifacts and the people that make the social, economic and material culture of this incredible historic city. A rigorous and insightful portrayal of how architecture , urban design and citizens have coalesced over time, within the public as well as scared realms, to create, conserve and extend this unique urban landscape. Rahul Mehrotra- Architect and Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard University.

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About the author

Raghu Rai

Raghu Rai started photographs in 1965.  He was Chief Photographer of The Statesman (1966-1976).  In 1977, legendary photographer Henri Cartier - Bresson nominated Rai to Magnum Photos, the world’s most prestigious photographers’ cooperative.  Thereafter, Rai was Picture Editor with Sunday (1997-1980) and Picture Editor - Visualiser – Photographer of India Today (1982-1991) where he contributed trail – blazing picture-essays on social, political and cultural themes of the decade.

In 1971, he was awarded the Padmashree, one of India’s highest civilian awards.  In 1992, he received the ‘Photographer of the Year’ award in the United States for his story, ‘Human Management of wildlife in India’, published in National Geographic.  His photo-essays have appeared in many of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers.  He has been on the jury of the World Press Photo contest, thrice and on UNESCO’s International Photo Contest, twice.

Raghu Rai has done extensive photo-documentation of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy and its continuing effects on the lives of the victims as a special assignment for Greenpeace International.

He has 28 books to his credit including Raghu Rai’s Delhi, The Sikhs, Tibet in Exile, Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Raghu Rai’s India and India’s Great Master Musicians.  His works have also been published in major books done by Magnum Photo.

Rai’s photographs have been exhibited in one man shows in Bunkamura Museum, Tokyo and Museo De Capitolini, rome.  They have also been exhibited in prestigious galleries.  In 2007, a major retrospective of his work was held at Arles Festival, while in 2008, the bigger ever retrospective of a photographer in India was held at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and Mumbai.

Raghu Rai continues to be an associate of Magnum Photos and works on personal projects and pictorials.

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Title Amritsar: A City in Remembrance
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.06.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789353767327
length 280p.