The Collection

The Raghu Rai Foundation for Art and Photography hosts Raghu Rai’s archives. The collection is made-up of original negatives, slides, vintage prints, contact sheets, publications, etc.
Some of the key features of the archives is listed below:

1. A collection of original negatives and transparencies of Raghu Rai’s works spanning almost 6 decades of his photographic journey.

2. Over 2000 Archival Silver Gelatin prints and dark room prints.

3. Over 3500 digital prints on Archival paper and over 500 large exhibition works on archival paper framed and mounted.

4. The Foundation has more than 60 personal picture books of Mr. Raghu Rai’s works on different subject themes of India.

5. Archival Photographs of India from 1855 to the present day which includes the works of Bourne and Shephard – the first photographers in India, Raja Deen Dayal, Johnston Hoffman and various other important photographers of that period.

6. Original glass plates of various important photographers of 19th Century India.

7. Old cameras and photographic equipment’s of early years.

8. Signed prints by master photographers of the world like Henri Cartier Bresson, Sabestiao Salagado, Martine Frank, Jim Natchway, Graciala Iturbide, Stuart Frankiln and some others.

9. Foundation’s library has a collection of more than 2500 books by great masters of photography from all over the world, including important artists, painters, writers and philosophers.

10. Original works – sculptures and drawings of Himmat Shah and some example of works from Krishen Khanna, Manu Parekh, Jatin Das, Paramjit Singh and Jyoti Bhatt.

11. Signed prints by famous top artists of the country like MF Hussain, S H Raza, KG Subramanium, Haku Shah, Jamini Roy, Atul Dodiya and some printed works of Raja Ravi Varma.

12. Great Potters works like old master Sardar Gurcharan Singh, Jyotsna Bhatt, Daroj and several other artists.

Magnum Photos, of which Raghu Rai is a member of continues to manage the circulation of archived images and exhibitions, which also constitute a part of the Foundation’s collection.
Individuals may consult the collection for research purposes by making an appointment with the Foundation’s archives department.

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