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Raghu Rai | by Shubh M Singh
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Raghu Rai

Raghu Rai was in Chandigarh for a workshop on 4th and 5th October. I was lucky to be a part of the workshop on both days. I liked this picture because of the resonance between Raghu Rai and the poster behind him. Raghu Rai saw this picture and was quite amused.

Raghu Rai (born 1942) is an Indian photographer, who has based his career on the coverage of his native country. 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 three times.


Rai was awarded the Padmashree in 1971, one of India’s highest civilian awards ever given to a photographer. In 1992, his National Geographic cover story “Human Management of Wildlife in India” won him widespread critical acclaim for the piece. Besides winning many national and international awards, Rai has exhibited his works in London, Paris, New York, Hamburg, Prague, Tokyo, Zurich and Sydney. 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.

This is with the D40 and the nikkor 35mm 2.8.


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Taken on October 4, 2008