Born in Beirut, Lebanon on 1927, he began his photographic career at Sarafian institute at an early age. Varoujan was Lebanese greatest singer Fayrouz and Rahbani Brothers' appointed photographer from 1962 till 1979.
Nearly all Fayrouz photos including the troupe, are Varoujan's masterpieces. He was also a big fan of fayrouz...
I thought it would be nice to remember who shot photos to immortalise the immortal.
Varoujan died in 2003, shortly after the dutch documentary was released on Fayrouz. Below is a summary of his Bio and a sample of his work:
1957 - Was manager of photographic department at Eastern Photographic Company ,“EPCO” in Bab Idriss.
1959 - He establishes his photographic center “Middle East Photographic Laboratories”,on Weygand Street in Bab-idriss.
1962 - He becomes the appointed photographer of the Rahbani Brothers’ theatrical company.
1966 - First exposition of Lebanese pictures in Hotel Phoenicia ,under the patronage of National Council of Tourism.
1967 - First prize in Tokyo, “Union International de Organismes Official du Tourisme”.
1968 - Invited to Armenia to take photos of the historic sites and portraits of the intellectuals.
1969 - Exposition of Armenian landscapes and portraits of Armenian prominent figures.in Memorial hall in down town.
1971--1972 - Makes the portraits of famous, Lebanese and international poets, politicians, artists and presidents: Presidents: Alfred Naccash, Camil Chamoun, Charle Helou, Bashir Gemayel, Amin Gemayel. Politicians: Charle Malik, Kamal Joumblat, Abdallah Yafeeh, Pierre Gemayel, Kamal Assad, Ghasan Touweineh, Majeed Arslan, General Boustany, Michel Khoury, Michel Eddeh, Raymond Eddeh, Immam Mousa Sader, Hassan Khaled. Intellectuals and artists: Mikael Naeemeh, Saeed Akl, George Shehadeh, Nadia Touweineh, Najeeb Hankash, Feiruz, Sabbah, Halim Jourdak, Wajih Nakhleh, Moris Bejard, Herbert Von Karayan, Mother Theresa and many others.
1971 - Invited to Emirates to photograph King Faysal, King Khaled and King Fahed, also Al Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan, and princes of Qatar and Kouwait and other personalities.
1972 - His first book issued in Paris “Liban Terre de Rancontre” ,“Lebanon Crossroad of Mankind”
1975 - During the war he lost his laboratory in Weygand Street in Bab-Idriss.
1977 - Was invited to Iran,Tchougha and Sbahan,to photograph historic places ,churches and relics.
1980 - Exposition of 99 Lebanese flowers in Salle Culturelle,Antelias.
1981 - Establishes his photographic center in Zalka.
1991 - The mentioned center was called “Varoujan Photographic Center and Art Gallery.”
1995 - Was invited to Syria to photograph The president Hafez Al-Asaad. And during his mission he took Pictures of Prime Minister Abdel Halim Khaddam and the General Moustafa Tlass.
1997 - “Liban Lebanon” Varoujan’s book was issued by Saad Kiwan.
2000 - Invited to Syria to Photograph the president Bashar AL_Asaad.
2002 - Was decorated with 2 decorations: first by Hamazkaine Cultural Association and the second ,”St. Mesrob”.by Catolicoss Aram the first during a magnificent ceremony in Cilicia Museum Hall, Antelias.
2002 - Was decorated “La Grande Medaille D’or avec Ruban” from the Comite de Recompenses de L’oeuvre Humanitaire et Merite Philanthropique.
2003 - Passed away in Beirut. On his funeral day he got Al-Arz decoration from the president of the Republic Emile Lahoud.