Veteran Indian motorsport photographer Francis dies
Legendary Indian motorsport photographer George Francis passed away on Friday following a brief but unknown illness.
Francis, 57, has been a regular fixture at domestic motor racing events for more than three decades during which he firmly established himself as one of the best known members of the media.
He started his career as a photographer in 1984 by launching ‘Scorp News’ and his very first assignment took him to Sholavaram, a now-defunct race track made out of remains of a World War II strip.
Francis had previously been working as a journalist at the Indian Express in Chennai, but quit that job to pursue a career in photography.
He most recently shot the final round of the MRF Challenge in Chennai and shared the media centre with several other young photographers, many of whom got into the profession after being inspired by him.
“The first race I attended was in 1984 at Sholavaram and I never looked back,” Francis was recently quoted.
“Motorsport in India has evolved considerably since my early days, but there is a lot that still needs to be done for the sport to become more popular. So, I am just doing my bit by taking and distributing photographs.”
Francis is survived by his wife and son.
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