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A glimpse of history, through the lens

Here is your chance to go back in time and revisit historical moments of India's freedom struggle with photographs rarely seen. Divya Sethi reports.

india Updated: Sep 09, 2011 00:31 IST
Divya Sethi

Here is your chance to go back in time and revisit historical moments of India's freedom struggle with photographs rarely seen. City-based advertising photographer Aditya Arya, through his exhibition of unique pictures and rare collection of cameras dating back to 1870, is all set to give a visual treat to photography enthusiasts.

One can also trace the evolution of cameras and technology over the last 140 years, says the founder of the India Photo Archive Foundation that aims to digitise, document and preserve photographic archives.

With nearly 20,000 original photographs given to him by his maternal uncle and photojournalist Kulwant Roy, Arya had a difficult task at hand.

Last year, PM Dr Manmohan Singh released his book ‘History in the making’, a photo chronicle and visual record of the country’s past, from the independence movement to freedom.

Talking about his journey, Arya said, “My uncle was a photographer and he inspired me. I have been collecting cameras for the last 40 years.”

He added, “Roy captured all rare moments of the pre-independence era and gifted me his collection. I opened the packets and was surprised to see some pictures which time has erased from our memories.”

Talking about the exhibition, he said, “We are showcasing my collection of photography equipment and my uncle’s rare collection of photographs so that young generation can link the two.”

Interestingly, most of the cameras are gifts from admirers. “People started gifting me cameras seeing the way I took care of my equipment. I even have cameras gifted by senior officials and dignitaries of various countries.”

At present, he is working with the ministry of culture in an effort to preserve images, rare and unseen. The exhibition is on at the India Photo Archive Foundation, T-23/5, DLF Phase-3, Gurgaon.