Press Photographer

Chacha Chaudhry

The iconic photo-journalist was considered the grandfather of photo-journalism in Pakistan.
Chacha Chaudhry - Press Photographer - The iconic photo-journalist was considered the grandfather of photo-journalism in Pakistan.

Facts on Chacha Chaudhry
Real name Faustin Elmer Chaudhry
Active career1935-1979
Life 15-03-1919 - 15-03-2013
Born at Saharanpur, India
Relations Father of war hero Cecil Chaudhry

Faustin Elmer Chaudhry or Chacha Chaudhry started freelancing as a photographer. He launched his career as a journalist at The Civil and Military Gazette in 1935. He freelanced with several periodicals and newspapers before being hired in 1949 by Mian Iftikharuddin at The Pakistan Times. He worked under Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Mazhar Ali Khan and KM Asaf.

His work documented Lahore through the 1930 captured the shift towards Islamisation. His photographs captured the movement against General Ayub Khan. Chaudhry also took the last photograph of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, before his execution in 1979.

F.E. Chaudhary was awarded several state awards, including the Tamgha-i-Khidmat and Pride of Performance.

He was the father of late war hero Cecil Chaudhry.

F.E. Chaudhry was born in Saharanpur in India to a Rajput family. His family moved to Jhelum where he studied at the Mission High School, Dalwal. Later, he studied at Forman Christian College in Lahore.

He died on his 104th birthday on March 15, 2013 at Lahore.

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