On the 75th Independence Day, we decided to approach the most renowned photographers in the country. We asked them to share some of the most cherished clicks of gorgeous, mesmerising or simply close-to-their-hearts architectural sites of India. Indulge, appreciate and daydream...these clicks won't leave your mind easily.
Raghu Rai started photography by chance in 1965, at the age of 23. It is his ability to capture moments juxtaposed against iconic backdrops that make his work popular all across the globe. In 1972, Rai was honoured with the Padmashree—the first ever to be awarded to a photographer. His works have been presented in Europe, America and Asia; these have also won him several international accolades—Officer des Arts et des Letters by the French Government and Master of Photojournalism by Lucie Foundation, USA in 2018. He also became the laureate of the first edition of the Académie des beaux-arts Photography Award—William Klein. Rai has produced more than 55 picture books capturing various subjects, themes and people of India, and has done an extensive photo documentation of the 1984 Bhopal Gas Tragedy and its continuing effects on the lives of gas victims.
For this archival picture of Jantar Mantar in 1973, he says, "Delhi has changed dramatically, with the early city completely gone. This picture is undoubtedly important because it's a historical image of Jantar Mantar in the afternoon, which for me is about nostalgia. The innocence of the children, the contours of the Jantar Mantar—it was a day that breathed its own beauty."
Bharath Ramamrutham's work is admired for his focus on the interplay of light and space. With a career spanning over 25 years and counting, Bharath has worked on several projects ranging from photography for architects, corporates, hotel chains and illustrated books on India. His pictures can often be found in several magazines and websites, the earliest Incredible India campaigns, and campaigns by the tourism authority of Seychelles and Mauritius. The acclaimed photographer has his own creative communications and publishing company that operates out of Goa, India.