Eminent photographer and visual historian Aditya Arya invites you to help create India’s first museum of the photographic arts, MUSEO CAMERA.
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 1500+ 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 over the last two years, we are just months away from setting up Museo Camera: A Centre for the Photographic Arts with the active support of the Government of Haryana. They have granted leased use of .75 acres of prime property in Chakkarpur, Gurgaon, near Galleria and the DLF Club in Phase4, Gurgaon. Easily accessible from the Huda City Centre metro station & MG. Road metro Station, this will be 18000 square feet that houses a museum with state of the art exhibition, educational, experimental, administrative and storage spaces, a shop, a café, the works.
But to get all this started, we urgently need Rs 1.5 crores. And the way I want this to happen is for each of you: photography lover, museum goer, professional photographer, amateur enthusiast, art critic, connoisseur and curator, everyone, to be a part of this exciting new venture.
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.