We don’t need to enlist here all the awards and honours to introduce the famous, the legendary Raghu Rai. It goes without saying that Raghu’s work speaks for itself. The only Indian photographer to get enlisted on the Magnum photography portal, Raghu, through his lens has made our world more honest and remarkably beautiful. This article tries to enlist some of the greatest moments that he captured during his illustrious career. Read on:
The Railway manThe picture shows a waiter changing bogeys on a moving train.
M. S. Subbulakshmi portraitRaghu captured impeccable moments of genius from the stage performances of many artists, such as this M. S. Subbulakshmi portrait.
Humayun's TombRaghu stopped his car and swag into action right away as he saw this extravaganza of elements. In the background, the Humayun's tomb can be seen with a freight train making its way in the middle while cattle and farmers can be seen in the foreground.
Praying motherRaghu used to consider Mother Teresa a figure that had a great impact on his life. This picture depicting Mother Teresa lost in her prayer is his one of the most famous and critically acclaimed works.
Bhopal gas tragedyOne of the most terrifying pictures ever taken, it depicts the way how Raghu's lens speaks an entirely different language.
A day in the life of Indira GandhiThe display of power is a more apt title for this picture as it shows seasoned congressmen standing around Indira with fluttering nervousness. Raghu took this picture while working on a series called 'A day in the life of Indira Gandhi'.
Twirling moustacheSam Manekshaw, 1973: President V.V. Giri is appointing the general to the five-star rank of field marshal; the first army chief to receive that title. It looks, of course, as if he is twirling the famous moustache.
Hooghly RiverSatyajiy Ray's cinematic language had a great deal of impact on Raghu. Raghu did this famous photo series called 'Calcutta Kolkata' from which this picture of life thriving around Hooghly river looks like a scene taken right out of a Satyajit Ray movie.
Manmohan Singh's lonelinessWhen Raghu looked through his lens at Manmohan Singh during 2014 Congress session before elections, he felt heartbroken. Manmohan Singh looked a devastated man who didn't speak a single word to anybody. He was sitting at a distance from Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. While everybody was chanting and greeting Gandhis nobody took care of the Prime Minister. The mere site of Manmohan Singh sitting and staring into nothingness broke Raghu's heart.
An Incoming Prime MinisterThe next day Raghu went to the BJP session in Goa where Narendra Modi was declared as the prime ministerial candidate of BJP. This picture reflects the power of Narendra Modi's presence and shows the making of a leader.