As a partner gallery of the Delhi Photo Festival, PHOTOINK is very delighted to announce the opening of the exhibition, Trees by Raghu Rai. To accompany this exhibition, we have published a book by the same title to be released on September 29th during the festival at the India Habitat Centre. This photo book is an extraordinary collection of black and white photographs drawn from an archive spanning over forty years.
The tree has been one of those enduring subjects, which has been consistently photographed since the beginning of photography. It has been an object of reverence and awe for many photographers. An avid gardener and nature lover, Raghu Rai’s photographs were not made in pursuit of a book or exhibition, which he has made many and had plenty of. Instead, we witness his unrelenting and private passion for a subject he had no option but to make photographs of. In Raghu Rai’s photographs, the tree is idealized for its beauty and mourned when it is destroyed. Through his lens, we experience the tree as a living monument—not only as a graphic symbol but we also observe human presence around it. The tree is not always a solitary figure to be revered. In contrast to the path breaking reportage and street photography Raghu Rai’s name has become synonymous with, this exhibition of photographs is unusually still and silent.
ABOUT RAGHU RAI
Raghu Rai (b. 1942) is amongst the most well known photographers in India. He trained as a civil engineer and began photographing in 1965. He joined The Statesman newspaper as the chief photographer from 1966 to 1976 and thereafter became the Picture Editor of Sunday, a weekly news magazine from 1977 to 1980. Rai joined Magnum Photos, the prestigious photographers’ cooperative in 1977 on a nomination by the legendary photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson. He took over as the Picture Editor-Visualiser-Photographer of India Today, a leading news magazine in its formative years (1982 – 1991). He worked on special issues and designs, contributing photo essays, which became the talking point of the magazine. Author of over 35 photography books, Raghu Rai’s photographs have been widely published and exhibited across the world. He was awarded the Padma Shree in 1972 in recognition for the reportage he produced on the Bangladesh war and refugees. He continues to photograph and make books, making him one the most prolific photographers in the country. Raghu Rai lives in New Delhi.