Legendary photojournalist Sir Mohinder Dhillon has died at the age of 88.
The founder of film/cinematography company Africapix died at around 5:30am Monday morning at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.
Speaking to Citizen Digital, Richard Vaughan – one of Sir Mohinder’s closet friends and business associate of over 30 years – said he was hospitalised about a week ago with pneumonia.
“Mohinder and I had just completed working on his autobiography…we were ready to go to press when he died. The autobiography, which is based on his relations with various world leaders, will now be released posthumously. He will be buried on Thursday,” said Mr. Vaughan.
Sir Dhillon, once nicknamed ‘Deathwish Dhillon’ due to the many risks he took in order to get the perfect shot, was one of the most revered photojournalists of his era, landing the attention of even Heads of States.
Born in Babar Pur village, Punjab, Dhillon came to Kenya in 1947 to join his father Tek Singh — fondly referred to as Bau Ji — who had been working for the Uganda Railway since the age of 17.
Sir Dhillon previously told the Nation that he did not know his exact date of birth but that “for passport purposes, my parents settled for October 25, 1931.”