It’s been my great love for almost 40 years now. The art of photography. The science of image-making. The endless possibilities that technological changes have brought (and taken away from) us. Many of my generation who started off as diehard analogue buffs have had a long and exciting journey traversing from silver grains to storage devices, film rolls to memory cards, and formats measured in millimetres to images described in megapixels.
But along the way, I also started exploring the world of photography beyond and before us. Through the iconic photo archive of the eminent Kulwant Roy, that took me into the world of archiving and digitisation, not to mention, the history of the photographic image. Today, I also have a personal collection of 2500+ antique cameras and other allied gadgets dating back to the 19th Century, collected from over 100 countries. It has been my dream that all this, and much more, should come together as a museum and centre for the photographic arts. Right here, in India, in the National Capital Region. And believe it or not, it really is happening.
After intense discussions and planning which stretched over two years and with the active support of the Government of Haryana, the construction for the museum started on Jan 2018 on .75 acres of the prime property leased to us by the Govt. of Haryana in Chakkarpur, Gurgaon, near Galleria and the DLF Club in Phase4, Gurgaon. Museo Camera: A Centre for the Photographic Arts was inaugurated by Mr. M L Khattar, honourable Chief Minister of Haryana on 28 Aug 2019.
Easily accessible from the Huda City Centre metro station & MG. Road metro station, Museo Camera covers 18000 square feet that house a museum with the state-of-the-art exhibition, educational, experimental, administrative and storage spaces, a shop, a cafe, the works.
Since the public opening of the museum last year we have been overwhelmed with the positive response. We conduct regular guided tours, school trips, educational seminars, classes, events, etc apart from hosting an innumerable walk-in visitors.
Museo Camera also holds the unique distinction of being one of its kind of crowdsourced museum in India. Though the government helped us with the land and the civil work, all interior work and other expenses for the establishment of the museum was funded with donations received from well-wishers. This in itself is no small achievement and the credit goes to all the people who have shown faith in this unique dream and believed that Gurgaon-Delhi NCR needs a world-class institution. Today, it has put Gurgaon in the cultural map of India as a place of significance.
Museo Camera generates revenue through ticket sales, events, paid workshops and other educational activities. However, this is not enough to meet all the operational expenses of a huge place like this. Keeping the museum operation is a continuous challenge and we need your support to keep this unique museum thriving and living.
Every contribution, however big or small, will make you a founding member, with your name immortalised at Museo Camera. It will be our honour to extend several other privileges to you as well: free admission, private exhibition previews, discounted tickets for your guests, and more. Most importantly, your support will provide critical support to the incredible exhibitions, conservation projects, and education programmes that bring the mission of Museo Camera to life.
Together, we can and will make Museo Camera, India’s first not-for-profit, crowd-funded museum
General donation & sponsorship to Indian Photo Archives Foundation are exempted under sub sec (1) section 80G of Income Tax Act 1961
Indian Photo Archive Foundation is registered u/s of IT Act,1961 vide order no.-F No. CIT/FBD/Tech/2010-11/12A/114/27 dated 02.09.2011.
We shall provide a certificate for your contribution on request, if you wish to claim the deduction.
The present location and facilities in the museum are being set up in a eleven year collaboration with the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, which is extendable by mutual consent. In the unlikely event of any discontinuation of this association, the donorship felicitation shall stand suspended for the period of relocation of Museo Camera and may need to be amended.