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NMC mourns Noor Ali Rashid

posted on 21/08/2010: 1891 views



The National Media Council mourned the death of the dean of UAE photographers Noor Ali Rashid who passed away yesterday after a rich career life in photojournalism.

The NMC highlighted efforts Rashid made in the service of the media in the UAE and prayed the Almighty to grant the deceased his holistic mercy and give his family with patience and solace to bear his loss.

Rashid, who was born in Gwadar in December 1929, died after a long struggle with disease and after he built a national photo treasure and archives that documented life in the UAE in the past five decades.

His last leg in connection with photography world was on last Saturday when H.H Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, welcomed an elite of media industry leaders and professionals.

At the Ramadan gathering, Rashid presented to Sheikh Mohammed a copy of his book ' Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid: Memories and Achievements'.

As a passionate photographer, Rashid captured by his lens the first momentous moments of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum's assumption of power in Dubai.

His archives boost of a collection of nearly three million photos.

The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has given him the title of the 'Royal Photographer' of the Al Nahyan family and other ruling families in the UAE.

The list of his books included The UAE: Visions of Change, Sheikh Zayed : Life and Times (1918-2004), Sheikh Khalifa : Memories and Achievements, Abu Dhabi: Life and Times (Royal Collection), Dubai: Life and Times (Royal Collection), and Sheikh Maktoum: Life and Times (1943-2004).

In his 50-year career he has received 83 prizes and honours, including the title of Photographer of the Millennium.

The Zayed University launched the Noor Ali Rashid Student Documentary Photography Award in recognition of his spectacular contributions to the media industry in the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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