Nitin Rai – Director

Center ForPhotography

Work Experience

Freelance work

Some of my prominent assignments were with:

  • Photo Documentation of People living with HIV/AIDS in different states of India for Rai Bahadur Gujarmal Modi AIDS Foundation
  • Covered the Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya and the picture featured on the Cover page of TIME Magazine
  • Photographed Indian troops at the freezing heights of Zoji La Pass during the Kargil war for Der Spiegel Magazine
  • Covered earthquake in Gujarat in the year 2000 for Der Spiegel, and Time Magazine
  • Photographs for a travel guide on Rajasthan for Times Books, Singapore

Some of my corporate clients include:

  • Aditya Birla Group, DLF, EMMAR MGF, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Oswal Industries, Bhartia Industries and Imperial hotel and Modis
  • Aditya Birla Group temples for their yearly diary and photographs for their Coffee Table Book on Corporate Social Responsibility
  • EMMAR MGF group: Metropolitan Mall and Mega City Mall in Gurgaon and City Square Mall in Delhi
  • DLF group: Cyber Greens Building, City Centre Mall, Grand Mall, Mega Mall, Ship Building- Gateway Tower, and DLF Golf Club in Gurgaon, Emporio Mall, Promenade Mall, Dlf Place Mall Saket
  • Photographed Miss India models as well as creations of a top fashion designer like Rohit Khosla


  • A coffee Table book on India called- “India 24 Hours”, a book put together by a select band of 16 leading Indian photographers. It was a best-seller. It is now being reprinted abroad as “A Day in the Life of India”
  • Photographed a travel guide on Rajasthan for Times Books, Singapore
  • Coffee table book on Madhya Pradesh, a state in central India, along with 16 leading Indian photographers
  • Photographed a travel guide on Rajasthan for Times Books, Singapore
  • Coffee Table Book on the beautiful coral islands of Lakshadweep with Raghu Rai
  • A Coffee Table Book on NTPC to be published soon
  • Currently working on my solo Coffee Table book on India


  • September 2009: first solo exhibition of photographs at the Triveni Kala Sangam titled “India Continent of Circe” hosted by Ebrahim Alkazi of Art Heritage
  • Participated in a group show organized by Art Elements. My work was featured along with artists such as MF Hussain, Ram Kumar, Raza, and Raghu Rai
  • Curated and participated in a show of Photographs of 13 national and international photographers for Global Buddhist Congregation at Visual arts gallery on 22 November 2011
  • 16 January 2012: Joint Photography show with my father- Raghu Rai, Titled- father and son, hosted by SINGH AND THAPAR PROJECTS at Dhoomimal Gallery

Full Time Work Experience

  • Director, Raghu Rai Centre For Photography.
  • Was Head of Department, Creative Photography, Sri Aurobindo Center for Arts and Communication.
  • I am involved in teaching creative photography. Train and help students hone their artistic skills and enter the world of professional photography
  • Was Consulting Photo Editor, Business Today
  • My job entailed editing visuals done by juniors (8 of them) and creating cover pictures for the magazine as well as photo stories
  • Was Photo Editor, ASIA TIMES
  • As Photo Editor with ASIA TIMES, an international newspaper brought out from New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. I covered the South Asia region
  • Was Photo Editor, Sunday Magazine
  • Worked with Sunday Magazine for eight years and covered stories across India. Led a team of 4 photographers and did the cover of the magazine and photo stories

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