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Frames from the past

After spending over 40 years behind the lens, veteran photographer Mukesh Parpiani took over the reins of NCPA’s Piramal Gallery. Since then, he’s been working towards offering the new generation a slice of history.

art and culture Updated: Aug 16, 2012 14:48 IST
Megha Mahindru
Photographer Mukesh Parpiani

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After spending over 40 years behind the lens, veteran photographer Mukesh Parpiani took over the reins of NCPA’s Piramal Gallery. Since then, he’s been working towards offering the new generation a slice of history.

For World Photography Day this Sunday, Parpiani has curated an exhibition at Piramal featuring some of the best works from NCPA’s archives — by 80 Indian lensmen. “Of the 500 photographers who have exhibited at the gallery since 1988, many had donated works that we will showcase now,” he says.

A crash course in the evolution of Indian photography, the show features works from the pre-Photoshop and digital age. “We’ll have a mock darkroom at the show to bring alive the film processing technique of the past,” he adds.

There’s also a tribute to Prabuddha Dasgupta, who recently passed away. “We will be showcasing some of his work and even play a recorded talk by him on photography,” he says.