Meet Raghu Rai: The Septuagenarian Behind The Finest Portraits Of All Time!

“I feel that to be successful in any profession, you need to be passionate and eager to experiment. If photography is your interest, traveling will help you a great deal, as you would get to experiment and learn.”

India’s best known photographer, Raghu Rai has served five decades in the field of photography. Throughout his journey of 50 years, Raghu has captured some iconic personalities and historic events of changing India.

Born in December 1942 in Jhang, Punjab (now in Pakistan), Raghu is a civil engineer graduate who started photography at the age of 23. From 1966 to 1976, he worked for ‘The Statesman’ newspaper as their chief photographer. Then, from 1977 to 1980, he was the Picture Editor with ‘Sunday’, a weekly news magazine. From 1982, Rai worked as Picture Editor-Visualiser-Photographer of India Today for nearly a decade.

In 1972, Rai was awarded the ‘Padmashree’ for the body of works he produced on Bangladesh refugees, the war and its surrender.
Impressed by Rai’s exhibition at Gallery Delpire, Paris, legendary photographer Henri Cartier Bresson nominated him to Magnum Photos. In 1977, Rai joined Magnum photos, the world’s most prestigious photographer’s cooperative.

In 1992, he was awarded “Photographer of the Year” in the United States. His photo essays have appeared in many of the national and international publications including Time, Life, The New York Times, Sunday The Times-London, Vogue, GQ, the New Yorker among many others. He has also served as a jury for World Press Photo Contest.

Over the period of fifty years, Raghu Rai has worked on themes ranging from political to social. Through his lenses, he has contributed powerful picture essays and documents. He has published more 55 books and continues to work on more.

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Rathika Ramasamy: The First Woman Wildlife Photographer Of The Country now on Xpert

“Every time I press the shutter, it takes me one step closer to Mother Nature”- Rathika Ramasamy.

 

Rathika Ramasamy is inarguably one of India’s best wildlife photographers. Named as the first female wildlife photographer of India, Rathika’s work has been appreciated worldwide. She has been featured in several national and international publications including National Geographic Traveller India, Better Photography, Sanctuary Asia, Smart photography, Discover India, Travel and Flavors, Fotowide among others.

A computer engineer graduate from SRM Engineering College, Madras University and an MBA, Rathika’s journey to becoming a successful wildlife photographer is not an ordinary one. From choosing a different career path for herself to breaking gender stereotypes related to her profession, Rathika has conquered every difficulty with her passion. Her work portrays her love for wildlife, especially birds.

rathika-ramasamyIt all started when she was gifted her first camera by her uncle and she visited a bird sanctuary in Bharatpur to click some pictures. There was no looking back after that. She taught herself the basic technicalities related to photography and started to spend time in the wild. She soon became a regular visitor of well known national parks of India.

Rathika was named the first female wildlife photographer of India. She believes in having a subject in her photographs. to predict and prepare for that perfect shot, she spends time observing the patterns and behaviours of the wildlife. Rathika has a soft spot for bird photography. Her camera gracefully captures the variety in colours, features and beauty of animals.

She is a member of the Nikon’s Professional services and has been among the founding members of the Photography Arts Association of India. In 2015, she received the International Camera Fair (ICF) award for her excellence in wildlife photography. She has been the jury member of various photography competitions and conducts workshops across the country from time to time.

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