VOICE’S famous photographer CHANDRA BODALIA has passed away after a long, brave fight against throat cancer.
Chandra was a legend in his own lifetime.
He was by far the most well-known photojournalist in the community, indeed, more well-known than any other media personality – with even former prime ministers Jean Chretien, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper knowing him personally.
His passion for photography was unsurpassed. He could be at a host of functions and events in just one evening – and his photos would appear in every South Asian publication.
His passing away is a tremendous, indeed, irreplaceable loss for the community. There will never be another photojournalist like him.
He was warm and friendly with a unique sense of humour – a really lovable person.
Statement by Michael de Jong
MICHAEL de Jong, MLA for Abbotsford West, in a statement said: “This morning we lost a good friend and member of the community, Chandra Bodalia. Chandra was a cheerful and faithful recorder and compiler of the pictorial history of the South Asian community throughout the lower mainland. From Vaisakhi celebrations, to weddings, to events, and functions, he would be there with his shutter clicking – recording and preserving the memories of generations.
“Chandra didn’t distinguish between royalty and regular folks, devoting the same care and attention to all the people and scenes he photographed. As one who knew hard work and sacrifice, he believed it important that the work and sacrifices of others be recorded and acknowledged. Through his lens he caught the smiles and tears of a generation.
“I was proud to call Chandra my friend, and he will be missed by so many of us. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with his family and many friends.”