George Francis, a veteran Indian motorsport photographer, has exceeded away on the age of fifty-seven in Chennai, following a short illness.
Francis included motorsport inside the use since the early 80s, having first attended a motorsport occasion at Sholavaram in 1984, after which he fast abandoned his plans of becoming a clergyman, and took to images full time. He founded Scorp News that same yr and shortly became a permanent fixture at motorsport events – both races and rallies – around the USA. George’s closing important task was the MRF Challenge at the MMRT in Chennai this 12 months.
George’s snapshots have been carried in every essential publication in India, and he could prevent at nothing to get a good shot. Back within the days when event organizers did not arrange transport for photographers, he would journey by way of any manner, often hitchhiking and strolling for miles, to get to an appropriate vantage factor from which to shoot. At a time when there were not too many photographers at racetracks, George was capable of a report a duration of Indian motorsport very accurately. And, over the path of a career that spanned over three many years, he had accumulated special archives which might be a treasure trove – full of pics of the united states of america’s top racers and rally drivers.
Not simplest become George passionate about both motorsport and motorsport pictures, but he changed into also quick to skip on that ardor. Cub journalists at racetracks could constantly expect his recommendation and help, which he doled out cheerfully. And he never hesitated to make an introduction and assist younger journalists to secure an interview that they had been hoping to get but failed to realize how to go approximately acquiring. He additionally inducted numerous photographers into his organization, regularly looking for individuals who were from different walks of existence, and have been in need of employment, remodeling them into great photographers.
OVERDRIVE’s Consulting Editor, Bob Rupani, says of George, “If you went to any rally or race in India from the mid-80s to the mid-90s, George was there. Clicking away in the midst of all the action at the same time as thankfully sharing fun or a drink later within the nighttime. He rarely ignored an event in this period and got some brilliant pics, which he changed into ever-inclined to proportion with all publications. George was effortlessly India’s maximum prolific motorsport photographer. May he relaxation in peace and usually have that camera on hand.”