It has been a long time coming, but a photographer is to get his first exhibition at the tender age of 94. Maganbhai Patel arrived in Coventry from India in 1951 and ever since he has been snapping images of other immigrants who arrived in the UK from South Asia. Such was the demand for his services, that Mr Patel eventually opened his own studio at his home in 1969 and over the years the former headteacher built up a vast collection of pictures. Now 70 of them are to be displayed in the city he made his home all those years ago. Curator Jason Tilley of Photo Archive Miners, said “The work of (Patel) is of huge significance not just for Coventry but the UK because it’s a window into the lives of people as they arrived here and the image they wanted to send home. Many of the pictures were taken as portraits or for their official documentation so you see a very formal image. In other photos, you see a more laid-back style and also some of the difficulties they faced so it really documents a very important part of the city’s history and its cultural diversity.” The exhibition is a fitting tribute to Mr Patel who always had a passion for the camera, as he himself said “There was no Indian photographer, I was the first”. There is no shortage of Indian photographers today though as the rest of his family have got in on the act: his wife, two sons and two daughters have all become keen photographers; while one of his sons, Ravindra, runs the family business today. There is one drawback to having so many photographers in the family however: it must be tricky agreeing on who takes the pictures during family get togethers.