Photo of exhibition wall, Through the lens of Masterji. Two frames beside the text. Main title in blue, and Masterji in pink.

Through the lens of Masterji, photo by Jamie Woodley

  • Winner of the Eastern Eye ACTA (Arts Culture & Theatre Awards) for Photography supported by the British Army ‘Masterji’ Maganbhai Patel February 2023
  • Through the lens of Masterji was nominated for the Best Live event category for the Asian Media Awards in November 2022.

Time line of events

  • 2015 represented my father Maganbhai Patel (known as Masterji) at the age of 94 on his first group exhibition for the launch of Coventry City of Culture bid. 2018 I became custodian of the photography archive.


  • Masterji – Book Jul 2017 – Nov 2017 Launched and co-authored a book with my father, the Masterji photography book of my father’s photography as part of the Coventry City of Culture 2021


  • Masterji and Coventry – Coventry City of Culture Trust June 2017 – Sep 2017 Worked with local group to exhibit first solo exhibition of my father’s photography and personal items.


  • Lightfield Festival – New York USA – Aug 2017 – Sep 2017 Masterji photographs for a group exhibition. Liaised with American curator Anna Van Lenten exhibit as part of the Lightfields photography exhibition at Hudson Hall. I raised funds from the University of Warwick to send over the work in a secure and safely through a courier.


  • Focus Festival Mumbai Feb 2017 – Mar 2017 Masterji Photographs exhibited in Mumbai, India. Represented my father, travelled to India and worked on the International Focus Festival and exhibited work at Akara Gallery in Mumbai.