In our 2012 poll, Raghu Rai was named as one of 2o Most Influential Asian Photographers. Rai is also the only Indian Photographer to join Magnum Photos Agency under the nomination of Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Indian Photographer Raghu Rai is one of those rare photographers who never left home, choosing to focus his lens decisively on his motherland since the early 1960′s, a decision that has seen him document the changing socialscape and history of India over 4 decades, from the Sadhus of Kumbh Mela to Mrs Gandhi and Mother Teresa to the victims of Bhopal.
When I go to a situation, I see something interesting, and I see the enormity and the size of it, and the complexity of it, and I say “Yes God, you’ve shown me this but it’s not enough for me.” So he says “Alright.” Then I keep walking, then he shows me something more complex and bigger. I say “Yes God, It’s nice. But it’s still not enough for me.” So I go on and on and I don’t accept it, and then he knows this child of his is very demanding and restless. And then he opens up and shows me something I have never experienced before. Then I take a picture and say “Thank you God.” – Raghu Rai
Read our exclusive interview with Raghu Rai here: Invisible Interview: Raghu Rai, India – Part 1