Raghu Rai


Raghu Rai

In his half a century as a photographer, Raghu Rai has won many national and international awards and accolades including being nominated by Henri Carteir-Bresson to Magnum Photos. His solo exhibitions have traveled to London, Paris, New York, Hamburg, Prague, Tokyo, Zurich and Sydney. His photo essays have appeared in the Time, Life, GEO, New York Times, Sunday Times, Newsweek, the Independent and New Yorker.

He received the Padma Shri in 1971. Raghu Rai currently lives and works in New Delhi.

Raghu (b.1942) started his photographic journey with a box camera. In 1966 he joined, ‘The statesman’ newspaper as chief photographer. In 1971, he was nominated to Magnum Photos, the world’s most prestigious photographers’ cooperative, by the legendary photographer Henri Cartier Bresson.


Since 1985, Rai has specialized in the extensive coverage of India and has produced more than 20 books, including Raghu Rai’s DelhiThe SikhsCalcuttaKhajurahoTaj MahalTibet in Exile and India. His work reminds the viewer over and again that it is the mind behind the lens that makes a good picture.