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NEW DELHI India --  TOP LEFT CLOCKWISE: Father and son, Salim and Mo on location for a photo story. Kenya’s first President and the father of the nation, Jomo Kenyatta with his son, Uhuru, the current president, pictured by Mo Amin. During the visit of the famous Hollywood star Brooke Shields in 1984, Mo Amin clicked her teasing a giraffe in a tongue in cheek shot. A beaming Turkana boy with his crocodile catch in the arid north Kenya; an iconic shot by Mo Amin. ALL PHOTOS - CAMERAPIX

 

Review: Newsfront Photo-journalist Mo Amin’s Kenya Chronicle

NEW DELHI India --  When the recent Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed en route to Nairobi on 10 March killing all 157 on board, an instant flash back happened of another Ethiopian Airlines plane to Nairobi that was hijacked and crashed in Comoros Island, off the East African coast, 23 years ago in 1996, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

This was a mega tragedy as well.

Some blundering hijackers bullied the pilot to change course to Australia but when the pilot protested that the plane had inadequate fuel to fly that far, it came down on the beach in Comoros, killing 121 people but saving 50 people due to the skill of the crew.
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Among those who lost their lives were two close friends and colleagues, Mo Amin and Brian Tetley.

Having known Mo for decades when he made his name as a news cameraman, we became good friends on the news beat.

Later, Mo acquired fame with his first photos of the famine in Ethiopia ignored by the world.

When flashed on the world’s conscience, this famine relief acquired celebrity status as top pop stars and politicians threw their weight behind this cause to raise funds globally, saving millions of African lives.

Brian was a tabloid journalist from London who first worked for The Nation and became popular with his daily Mambo column about the social scene he presented with a typical dry British humour.

Later, he worked for Mo as the author for his series of photo books.

These memories came alive with the new book, ‘Kenya Through My Father’s Eyes’ by Salim Amin, Mo’s son who runs his firm, Camerapix.

 

Salim Amin presents his book on Mo Amin to Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta | Coastweek

Historic ties renewed when Salim Amin presents his book on Mo Amin to Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO - CAMERAPIX
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Here is the ultimate tribute to Mo’s life and work presented in a legacy volume to be treasured.

The subdued and clean design, super quality printing and superb finishing of this collector’s volume leaves you breathless.

With HP Reveal App, you can also access Mo’s videos about these Kenyan events over four decades.

Turning the pages amounted to running a movie of news events captured by a top frontline photojournalist who spoke ten thousand words with a single photo.

These images brought back to life all those news events we covered together; while I used words, he used photos.

But he went much further – right into the most dangerous zones and harrowing locations.

Taking unapparelled risks with his life and limb, no wonder he had numerous narrow escapes until the final air disaster which was unexpected.

Right from the heady days of Kenya’s first President Jomo Kenyatta to the Nyayo days of President Moi, from the Safari (car) Rally to wildlife safaris, from visiting global celebs to royalty, from witch-doctors to modern technologists, Mo has got it all covered with his priceless photos.

Interesting background information for many events is also offered with a brief introduction at the start of every chapter including many full-length features by Peter Moll to accompany the photos.
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Selecting a few hundred photos for this book from the colossal Camerapix library is a humungous task, scanning, editing and adding text is no less daunting and finally printing the volume to a ‘gold standard’ level is no mean feat by English Press.

It all comes together as a fitting tribute to the visual treasure of Mo Amin.

Kudos!

 
 

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