Author(s): Brian Brake
A unique photographic look at the life of India as it is moulded by the annual coming of the rains from one of the major photojournalists of the 20th century. Photographed in 1960, the images from Monsoon became part of the lexicon of photojournalism when they appeared in Life, Queen, Epoca and Paris-Match in the early 1960s; the young girl welcoming the first sweet rain remains an iconic image of the time. This is the first time that the full Monsoon series has been reproduced, along with essays that set out in human terms the effects of the rains on important aspects of life and the cultural heritage of India.
Brian Brake is New Zealand's best known photographer. As a member of Magnum Photos from 1955, he freelanced in England, Europe, Russia and Africa before making Asia his area of interest. His photographs have featured in The Sunday Times, Queen, London Illustrated, Paris-Match, Der Stern, Life and National Geographic. He has published over twenty books and his numerous awards include an OBE in recognition of his contribution to photography. Brian Brake continued to freelance internationally until his death in 1988. The Monsoon photographs he took in 1960 are perhaps his crowning achievement and they have never before been published in book form. The images he created still amaze the viewer with their power and subtly.