Noor Ali Rashid, 80, the renowned photographer who has documented the UAE’s history, passed away on August 18, 2010. Thousands of his works have been showcased in several books
Rashid was born in the Gwadar (Baluchistan) Pakistan in December, 1929. He was sent to the UAE by his father “as punishment” for his obsession with photography and in the hope a change of scenery would inspire a more ‘respectable’ career.
“I learnt how to take good pictures from studio photographers. I was so crazy about photography I would tell people that if they invited me to their functions I would take pictures free of charge,” he had told Gulf News in an interview.
Rashid was named the ‘Royal Photographer’ by the late Shaikh Zayed and was the official photographer for the Al Nahyan family as well as the ruling families of the seven emirates.
His son, Naushad Noor Ali Rashid, is the president of the Dubai-based Ismaili Council of the UAE.
Rashid had undergone heart bypass surgery a few years ago after a cardiac attack.
Rashid had amassed more than three million photographs of members of the UAE’s Ruling Family, statesmen, celebrities and sports personalities – Nelson Mandela, Indira Gandhi, Jimmy Carter, Yasser Arafat and Bill Clinton, to name a few.
Courtesy: Gulf News