Raghu Rai: Interview

To me- He is a spiritual man and his photography came from his inner philosophy which is really just amazing? Amazing his work . . .

-monirul alam


Traffic At Chawri Bazar, Delhi, 1964.Copy Right-Raghu Rai

When I was a student of Pathshala I spend many times to see his book like   Calcutta, TajMahal, India 2001 Bhopal Gas Tragedy,Mere Teresa,India Notes . . . some time I borrow his book from Pathshala library. I think in our sub-continent {maybe the other part of the world} many photographer influences his dramatic works. A few years after- finally I meet him and talked him and get an opportunity to make an interview. Yes I say the world renowned and Magnum Photos photographer Raghu Rai.

I see him as a simple outfit man like other ordinary man and not to caring many more gadgets.  Finally we meet at Drik cafe and try to know his photography inner thinking and philosophy. I really amazing his photography thought while I discuss many things abut photography his carrier and his works.

I thanks to Shahidul Alam {Alam bhai} {Drik Founder and Pathshala Principal} to manage to make an interview’s with him.

One things I remember, A few of photojournalist attend a discussion session with Raghu’s  . . .  he said Picture comes from upstairs you just wait and to learn it . . . you dedicate  yourself more 100% into photography . . .

The famous photographs that has come to symbolize the great Bhopal gas tragedy.Copy Right-Raghu Rai

Raghu Rai was born in Small village of Jhhang, now part of Pakistan. He took up photography in 1965. In 1966 Rai took up a job with The Hindustan Times. He was the chief photographer of The Statesman, picture editor of Sunday (Calcutta) and worked as editor/visualiser/photographer of India Today, in its early days. In 1977, Cartier-Bresson asked him to join Magnum Photos. During the last 18 years his extensive coverage of India resulted in 20 books. His work with Greenpeace on the Bhopal chemical disaster resulted in a book, exhibitions which brought him international fame in 2004. He is still associated with Magnum Photos.

Monirul:  How do you feel about Bangladesh and Bangladeshi people?

Raghu: Very friendly, Bangladesh is like India in may ways but Bangladesh are very nice and gentle people they are very  good,  your landscape are good but the growth specific direction like India and that should I don’t like about us part of the world and the still of the architecture enormous vast in big cities in India. This is not a good thing because you must lean…. take care of us design aesthetic everything the people is beautiful the landscape is beautiful like you know specific is beautiful . . .

Monirul:  How do you feel about Bangladesh and Bangladeshi people?

Raghu: Very friendly, Bangladesh is like India in may ways but Bangladesh are very nice and gentle people they are very  good,  your landscape are good but the growth specific direction like India and that should I don’t like about us part of the world and the still of the architecture enormous vast in big cities in India. This is not a good thing because you must lean…. take care of us design aesthetic everything the people is beautiful the landscape is beautiful like you know specific is beautiful . . .

Monirul: How did you to come into Photography?

Raghu: Just by an accident because I pick up camera to pick them fun picture depends out to be good….

 

Monirul: You must have received many honors and prize in your photography life would you please tell us about them?

Raghu: I was first Indian Photographer who was given Padamshree it is one of important award and I won many Nickon award and I won to other international award.

 

Monirul: Who was the influence in your photography?

Raghu: I would like very each other photographer works and preventively I come to the point we are the nature and life are the influence is not anybody.

Monirul: We know that you have been long time in the photography media, what’s your ultimate goal?

Raghu: because I don’t know, my ultimate goal may be I dedicate myself more 100% into photography and some reaily create work may be living everything and just become God knows who knows.

Monirul: Who are the photographers you admire?

Raghu: I admire many Photographers. I admire anybody works which was got regionally and wide range. They are so many good photographs so much good work. This is not one.

Monirul: Can you tell me of any incident (photography) in your photography life?

Raghu: My personal life form any human being works mother Teresa.

Monirul: What is the present position of photography in the World in your mind?

Raghu: I am working on 3-4 picture books and I would like complete them best possibly with and biggest project that I working 150 years in national gallery of Modern Art New Delhi that was published as a book. Then it will go abroad which is the most prestigious and important project of my life.

Monirul: Can you explain your current activities of photography?

Raghu: Basically you know working on my picture book in the process of editing, in the process of color correction and some books….. Makes line any of my projects….

 

Monirul: Mostly which type of photographs do you like?

Raghu: I like any kind branch of photography as long as there is freshness and there is vitality and this energy effect can hart beat stop for the moment there is great but effect reutilize your inspirit even that is good enough ..  but you would like casual picture.

 

Monirul: Do you have any comments to a new generation photographer?

Raghu: Basically you know what even you do it 100% be 100% then do it. You have physically, mentally and spiritually into a 100% good enough if you can’t do it.

 

Monirul: Thank you for your interview.

Raghu: Thank you.

Dhaka-September-2009. Raghu Rai and Shahidul Alam discuss with photography at Drik Gallery. Copy Right-Monirul Alam


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