Arriving in Bhopal in the morning of 3 December; Raghu Rai could not even imagine the extent of the damage. During the night, in this city 600 km south of Delhi, a pesticide factory belonging to the American company Union Carbide had blown up, releasing 40 tonnes of methyl isocyanate into the atmosphere. In just a few hours 8,000 people died, with the death toll ultimately reaching 20,000. One of Raghu Rai’s photos, “Burial of an Unknown Child” quickly became the symbol of the greatest industrial disaster the world has so far known. Rai returned to Bhopal in 2002 to photograph the survivors living in a shantytown on the edge of the still-toxic site and suffering from diseases caused by the fumes. In conjunction with Greenpeace, in 2002 the published Exposure – Portrait of a Corporate Crime.

Burial Of Unknown Child, 1984

An Aborted Foetus When The Tragedy Struck, 1984

Sukhdev Dubey, Survivor Of Gas Tragedy, 2002

Mohammad Arif, Survivor Of Gas Tragedy, 2002

Blinded By The Gas Leak, 1984

Man Carrying His Dead Wife, 1984

Abundant Union Carbide Plant, 1984

Ghous Mohammad, Survivor Of Gas Tragedy, 2002

The Cremation Man, 2001

Swaraj Puri – The Officer In Charge Of Law And Order, 2002

Stationary Centre For Gas Victims Being Run By State Government, 2002

Protest, 2001

Wanted For Homicide, 2001

Sacks full Of Skulls, 2001

Victim Of Gas Leak, 2001

Gangaram – Victim Of Gas Leak, 2001

Nanko – Victim Of Gas Leak, 2001

Rubeda Banu And Her Three Sons – Survivor Of Gas Leak, 2001

Devchand – Victim Of Gas Leak, 2001

Born On The Day Of Toxic Gas Leak – She Was Named Gas Devi, 2002

Mohammad Khan Mourns In The Cemetery, 2001

Widows Colony, 2002

Hasan Ali And His Daughters, Survivor Of Gas Tragedy, 2002

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