Raghubir Singh

Raghubir Singh, one of twentieth century's finest documentary photographers, was born in Rajasthan in 1942 in a thakur family.
After his education in Jaipur and at the Hindu College of Delhi, he went to Calcutta to make a career in the tea industry. By this time, he had started to do amateur photography.
In the 1970s, Raghubir moved to Paris and during three decades of rigorous training and exposure, he carved his own niche in international photography with a series of portfolios of colour photography on India.
Raghubir's first two books of colour photographs, Calcutta and Ganges, came out in the early 1970s. These were among the first of the so-called 'coffee-table' books in India, and indeed were almost the only books of Indian photographs that were then available.
He won an international reputation, publishing over a dozen books, all on various aspects of his homeland. A Way Into India was his last great photographic project.

Awards and Achievements

He was awarded Padma Shri in 1983. He was also awarded the Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh Award 27th October 2001.
His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York - and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. No other artist has been able to put so much of his or her work out into the public realm.