In the early morning hours of Dec 3rd, 1984, in the town of Bhopal (State of Madhya Pradesh), a tank of methyl isocyanate gas blew up in the Union Carbide plant, due to a sudden rise in temperature. A toxic cloud stretched over 40 sq/Km and about 30 tons of gas were released into the air. 8000 people died during the night, mainly while sleeping, due to the lack of an alarm system of any kind. Those who tried to escape from the disaster got sicker, by exposing themselves. Its the worst chemical disaster of the century.
Over the span of nearly half a century Raghu Rai has won many national and international awards and accolades including being nominated in 1971 by Henri Cartier Bresson to Magnum Photos. His solo exhibition has travelled worldwide and he has shown in London, Paris, New York, Hamburg, Prague, Tokyo, Zurich and Sydney. His photo essays have appeared in many of the world’s leading magazines and newspapers including “Time”, “Life”, “GEO”, “The New York Times”, “Sunday Times”, “Newsweek”, “The Independent,” and the “New Yorker”.
Raghu Rai currently lives and works in New Delhi.
1992 Photograph of the Year, USA
1971 Padmashree Award, India
Credit: Magnum Photos
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