Photography Exhibition | Raghu Rai’s India
24 JANUARY – 23 MARCH 2002
World renowned Magnum photographer Raghu Rai’s photography exhibition depicts an unbroken sweep of 5,000 years of history in an India teeming with colour and brilliance. Rai’s work proclaims the rich diversity of contemporary India, with its juxtapositions of ancient and modern, where the people are the landscape.
Rai uncovers a continent’s domestic rituals with these colour images of Indian street life, festivals and the changing seasons. Rai’s outspoken photojournalism invoked government hostility during the 1970’s state of emergency. He swiftly garnered approval for the candour of his work, with his story about Indira Gandhi after her ’84 assassination quickly becoming a collectors’ item. Other major photo-essays include projects on Mother Teresa, the Taj Mahal, Tibet and the Dalai Lama. In ‘71 Rai was awarded India’s highest civilian accolade, the Padma Shri. A regular contributor to a huge range of international journals and British broadsheets, from ’90 to ’97 Rai judged the World Press Photo Awards.