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Faruk Kassam


Faruk was born in 1946 in Uganda. He lived in Uganda and Tanzania for 26 years before moving to Canada in 1972. He passed away in 2018 in Canada.

During his life time he worked in different career fields, first as a Laboratory Technologist then as an Engineer and later as a High School Teacher in Math and Physics. He had many hobbies and interests including chess, bird watching, mountain climbing, hiking and photography. His hobbies and interests took him into many countries and places in the world including Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Iceland and Canada.

During his bird watching adventures he took many photographs of different species of birds including some of the rare ones. For his bird watching trips, he did a lot of planning and preparations thereby exhibiting a lot of patience. This is demonstrated by the many photographs he took which he identified, categorized, captioned and organized. These photographs tell a lot about him. His memories live on.

I echo the sentiments of Irvin Penn when he said “a good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it. It is, in a word, effective.”

Arzina Merali
Sister of Faruk Kassam

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