Raghu Rai first picked up a camera in 1965 aged 23. The following year he joined The Statesman newspaper in India and became their chief photographer for over a decade.
In 1971, impressed by Rai’s exhibition at Gallery Delpire in Paris, legendary photographer Henri Cartier Bresson personally nominated him to Magnum Photos. For the next 20 years, Rai contributed trailblazing picture-essays on social, political and cultural themes in Asia.
In 1972, he was awarded the Padmashree – one of India’s important civilian awards – for his coverage of the war in Bangladesh. And in 1992, he was the U.S. ‘Photographer of the Year’ for his story Human Management of Wildlife in India published in National Geographic.
Rai’s photo-essays have appeared in magazines worldwide. He has also produced more than 30 books on India including Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Taj Mahal and Tibet.
His work has been exhibited in major galleries worldwide over the past 40 years and won many national and international awards. He was conferred an Officer des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2009.