People

Priya Ramrakha’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Kenyan photojournalist
Was Photographer

Journalist

From Nigeria
Type Arts
Journalism
Gender male
Birth

1935

Death

2 October 1968
(aged 33 years)

Priya Ramrakha (1935 – 2 October 1968) was a Kenyan photojournalist of Indian background and one of the first Africans to be given a contract by Life and Time magazines. After his education at the Art Center College of Los Angeles (arranged by Eliot Elisofon), Ramrakha began work at Life. In 1963, Ramrakha returned to Africa to cover the independence movement in his native Kenya as one of East Africa’s first indigenous photojournalists. Ramrakha went on to cover political and military movements across Africa. In 1968, while covering the Nigerian Civil War with CBS correspondent Morley Safer, he was killed in an ambush near Owerri by Biafran soldiers.
An independent documentary film about Ramrakha is in production.