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‘Lover boy’ revisits city for new book

Forty years of photojournalism has not faded or jaded his creative genius. To rekindle his love affair with Mumbai,the self-confessed “lover boy” Raghu Rai...

Written by Nitya Kaushik | Mumbai |
May 14, 2009 1:25:55 am

History can be rewritten but photographic history can never be: Raghu Rai

Forty years of photojournalism has not faded or jaded his creative genius. To rekindle his love affair with Mumbai,the self-confessed “lover boy” Raghu Rai,a 1971 Padmashree award winning photographer,is back in the city,this time working on a new book depicting Mumbai’s different facets. “The book will record my understanding of the city — from its old streets,to its seasons and its people – and should be complete and ready to publish by next April,” Rai said.

According to Rai,there may be several other brilliant photographic documentations of Mumbai’s facets,“but then in creativity and art there are no boundaries”.

“I love Mumbai for its people,its human energy and its history and thought I can put it together in a book. The book will be unique because it will depict my experience of the city,” he said.

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Rai who has travelled to the city several times in the past 40 years,and shot old roads and streets,says,today he is astounded by the old facades of the vibrant city. “I have often looked at my own pictures and exclaimed,‘Oh my god,that’s the way it used to be!’” he says.

He adds,“Back then,photography was a slow,tedious process. But today,thanks to digital technology,I can afford to put together these images and view them on a single platform.”

While Rai’s new book will simply put together the classic picutres,he says the transition of the city will show up. “From now on,I will simply make myself available to the city and its energy and listen to whatever it whispers to me. From that,I am bound to get my future plans as well as the title for the book,” he says.

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