Mohammed Athar Chaudhry - Eastleigh Secondary School Alumni Students, Nairobi, Kenya
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Mohammed Athar Chaudhry (1953 - 1956)

At school I played football and volleyball and performed for Zambezi House. Took up Boxing under the guidance of Master Naqi and boxed for the Kenya Championship at Bantamweight, which I lost in the final. Dear old Master Carvalho (I am sorry to hear that he has passed away) was in my corner for the fight, we got home about midnight and next morning when mother saw the blood stained towel in the washing basket that put an end to the future of my boxing!!!! Best friend was and still is Didar Singh Jandu.

After leaving school and a stint at the East African Standard, ended up here in the UK in 1962, where I did Photojournalism at the Salisbury College of Art and at the Oxford Poly. Started as a Freelance in Oxford doing some work for the Local and National Press and then joined the Oxford Mail and Times Group as a photographer, ended up as Picture Editor/Chief Photographer. Flew with the RAF during the Gulf War, not many have sat next to the Captain and directed a Squadron of Phantom jets to make a Formation over the Alps so that I could shoot my pictures, at dawn. It was fun telling the Fighter Pilots to do what I wanted!

I retired in 1995 and now do a bit of Freelance as long as it does not conflict with my golf. I married Nasim, live in Abingdon, Oxford, and have three children who are all married and we are blessed with 7 grandchildren.

- As of October 2006

Mohammed Athar Chaudhry
Mohammed Athar Chaudhry
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