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Delhi: Contrasts and Confluences

Raghu Rai (Author)
Synopsis "Raghu Rai is one of the foremost master photographers of our time and an artist of profound intelligence, spirituality, and compassion. He has held solo exhibitions in major cities throughout the world. His work is unfettered by the specifics of place or time. While his native India may provide the principal setting for his images, his subject is humanity on a universal scale. His photographs focus on the relationship of spirit and experience--they are, as he eloquently puts it, 'moments of substantive contact with the world.' Raghu Rai's photographs and photo essays have appeared in most major magazines and newspapers around the world including Time, New York Times, Stern, Paris Match, Geo, and National Geographic. He has held one man shows in India, Hamburg, Prague, New York, Paris and Tokyo. Since 1971, twenty-five of his photographs have been included in the permanent collection of Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. His photographs were also shown in 1971 in the Nikon Galleries in Tokyo. In February 1997, he exhibited a retrospective of his work at the National Museum of Modern Art, New Delhi. Raghu Rai was awarded the PadamShree, which is one of India's most prestigious civilian awards. He was also invited to serve on the international jury of the World Press Photo Foundation. In 2002, Aperture celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. As we survey this half-century, it is astonishing to consider all that has transpired: the medium has gone through enormous changes; technical, aesthetic, and conceptual. Throughout, Aperture has attempted to remain true to its original mission statement, 'to communicate with serious photographers and creative people everywhere. We have endeavored to publish and exhibit the work of world-class photographers such as Raghu Rai with the highest ideals and with the integrity and quality that it deserves. It is a great privilege to be able to see and experience the magnificent images of a photographer of utmost vision and integrity.
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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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Bibliographic information

Title Delhi: Contrasts and Confluences
Author Raghu Rai
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.02.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8187107637
length 160p., 70 B/w Plates; 84 Colours Plates