And Martin Parr, myself and another American photographer, we were talking about our experiences and counter questioning each other, and then Martin Parr asked me, “Raghu, you only work in India. Would you say that you have an Indian vision about your photography?” To that I said, “Martin, can I ask you if you have the British vision, huh, since you’ve been working there?” I said there is no such thing as Indian vision or British vision, because it’s a universal language.1 The only difference is me, as Raghu Rai, working in India for all my life, is easier for me to understand some of the nuances and details of any given situation than a foreign photographer coming into India.2


So, I have that edge, which can make my work look more intense than other photographer’s work, but then at the end of the day, well, creative people, they respond from instinct, and instinct is such a magical thing that sometimes it makes you — I mean it connects you with the most essential in any given situation that can exist. An instinctive response to situations is the ultimate thing, but as an Indian living in India and photographing India, gives me an edge over everybody else, because maybe I understand better.

  1. Lou Harrison []
  2. Et Cetera Et Cetera Pt. 1 []
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