In Picturing Time, Raghu Rai, India’s greatest living photographer, puts together the finest pictures he has taken over the course of a career that spans fifty years. His photographs of war, faith, monuments like the Taj Mahal, ordinary Indians, our greatest leaders, saints and charlatans, deserts and much else besides in black and white, and in colour, are imprinted on our memory. However, they have never been collected before in a single book. To add to our appreciation of these extraordinary pictures, most of them are accompanied by the photographer's insights into how, when, why and where they were taken. Raghu Rai recorded the nation’s history as it was being made; this book shows the humanity that lies at the heart of that history. It is this humanity
that reaches out to the reader and makes viewing these pictures such a memorable experience. As he says in the Introduction to his book, If people can connect with my pictures and enjoy them that is enough for me. It’like you are walking down the street and you smile at someone and they smile back. There is nothing given and nothing taken. It is just like a little nudge, a recognition of humanity and life. That is what photography means to me.’

A baby donkey, Delhi 1965

Haryana 1966

Haryana 1967

My Father and My Son, 1969

Sensuous Baby, Tripura 1970

A Drum, Delhi 1966

An Old Man, Delhi 1970

Old Delhi 1967

Flute Player, Delhi 1975

Varanasi 1974

Among The Sparrows, Delhi 1968

Rashtrapati Bhawan, Delhi 1986

Two Old Men, Old Delhi 1970

The Wall – II, Old Delhi 1973

The Wall – III, Old Delhi 1975

A Village Door, Delhi 1968

Out Skirts, Delhi 1965

Chawri Bazar, Old Delhi 1964

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi 1966

Junior Bull Fighter, Delhi 1970

Girdhari Lal Being Photographed, Delhi 1988

Woman Cart Pusher, Delhi 1979

Rajpath, Delhi

After Flash Floods, Jaipur 1977

Reflection, U.P 1970

Under a Mango-Grove, U.P 1996

Road Side Scene, Shimla 1992

Faith Healers, Kerala 1994

Monsoon Clouds Marine Drive, Mumbai 1996

Babus Under a Tree, Delhi 1972

Monsoon Downpour, Delhi 1984

At Lunkaransar Village, Rajasthan 1989

Birla Mandir, Delhi 1973

Stilled By Rain, Haryana 2000

At Bus Stop, Delhi 1982

Punjabi Wedding, Delhi 2003

Turkman Gate, Delhi 1979

Ganpati Celebration, Mumbai 2001

The Day Before…..Ayodhya 6 Dec. 1992

Imambara, Lucknow 1992

Rock garden, Chandigarh 1994

On a Toy Train, Darjeeling 1995

Avani at Her Farm Baliawas, Haryana 1996

Building Highway, Hyderabad 2004

Tea Vendor, Delhi-Mumbai Train 1982

Church Gate Station, Mumbai 1996

Film Maker, Satyajit Ray 1985

Pt. Ravi Shankar, Varanasi 1986

Burning Ghat, Varanasi 2003

Evening Prayer Jama Masjid, Delhi 1982

Dockyard, Kolkata 1990

Shifting Sand, Vidyasagar Setu, Kolkata 1996

Mullick Ghat, Kolkata 1990

Among The Goddesses, Kolkata 1991

Preparing For Durga Pooja, Kolkata 1999

On a Roof Top, Kolkata 1989

Flower Market, Kolkata 2004

Sheep And Tank Maidan, Kolkata 2004

Activities On Bank Of Hooghly, Kolkata 2000

Street Painter Chowringhee, Kolkata 1990

Acrobat At Maidan, Kolkata 1990

Immersion At Babu Ghat, Kolkata 1989

Dust Storm, Rajasthan 1985

Wrestlers Under Hawrah Bridge, Kolkata 2004

Artist Studio, Kolkata 2004

Visitors, Kanyakumari 2006

Central Avenue, Kolkata 1990

Morning Rituals Near Hawrah Bridge, Kolkata 2004

All Eyes And Ears For The Leader At Chowringhee, Kolkata 2006

Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi 2004

Pushkar Fair, Rajasthan 2004

Turkman Gate, Delhi 2005

Sleeping Dreams, Tagore Castle Street, Kolkata 2004

Effigies Of Ravana Brothers, Delhi 2005

Celebrating Arrival Of Spring At Rabindra Bharti, Kolkata 2006

Drum Players, Kolkata 2004

Brahmin Boys, Varansai 2006

Feeding Pigeons, Hooghly Ghat, Varansai 2005

Worshiping Ganga, Kolkata 2004

Watching Nag Nathaiya Festival, Varanasi 2004

Traffic Constable And Horse Bagghie, Kolkata 2004

Akshardham Temple, Delhi 2005

Mahakumbh, Allahabad 2001

Mintala Ghat, Kolkata 2003

Under Hawrah Bridge, Kolkata 2000

Sealdah Sabji Mandi, Kolkata 2004

Portraits At Ghosh Family House, Kolkata 1989

Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Delhi 1986

Muharram in Mehrauli, Delhi 2007

Indira Gandhi Addressing From Red Fort, Delhi 1980

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