In this magnificent book, made up of images culled from three decades of work, Raghu Rai captures more of Varanasis distinctive, timeless character than anyone else ever has. Rai paints a portrait not just of a holy city but of an entire civilization, depicting its unique way of life, and showing us worlds within worlds. In photograph after photograph, the secular and the profane coexist; the old can hardly be told from the new. Everything is experienced at once the ghats, the streets, the faith, the temples, the river, the celebrations, man and beast, the burning bodies, all jostling for space in the same frame. These photographs demonstrate unforgettably how all of India is in Varanasi, inspiring and appalling, ancient and up-to-date. A collectors edition.
About the Author
Indias best-known photojournalist,Raghu Raihas covered many social, political and cultural themes, and has authored over twenty books, includingIndias Great Masters: A Photographic Journey into the Heart of Classical Music, The Sikhs, Calcutta, Taj Mahal, India and Mother Teresa: Faith and Compassion.