Earlier this year i had the huge honour of photographing this incredible man. Here is the story behind those photographs.
Fauja Singh was born in Jalandhar, Punjab, on 1 April 1911. The youngest of four children. Fauja did not develop the ability to walk until he was five years old. His legs were thin and weak, and he could hardly walk long distances. Because of this, he was often teased, and called by the nickname “danda” (stick). As a young man, Fauja developed and became an avid amateur runner, but he gave it up at the time of the 1947 India-Pakistan Partition.
It was only after witnessing the death of his fifth son, that Fauja returned to his passion for running, in 1995. The deaths of his wife in 1992, and his eldest daughter who had died from complications after giving birth to his third granddaughter, gave him the determination for this new focus in life.
At 89 years, he took seriously to running and ended up in various international marathon events. Fauja eventually became the oldest person to complete a full marathon in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon by completing it in eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds.
Today Fauja Singh is 104 and still fighting strong.
His life and story has become a source of inspiration to millions around the world. As a Wedding & Portrait photographer i wanted to produce some iconic portraits of him and be able to document his life.
I hope you enjoy this short Documentary into the story behind these portraits and how i went about creating these images and presenting him with some mementos of his life.