Director, trustee IPAF
An eminent commercial and travel photographer, Aditya Arya began professional photography in 1980 after graduating in History from the St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. After a brief stint in the Mumbai Film Industry where he did stills for some of the leading directors, he moved back to Delhi. In addition to his wide-ranging Commercial and Travel portfolio, his work has been published widely in books and travel magazines around the world. He is known for his expertise in the field of advertising and corporate photography, specializing in Products, Interiors and Food.
Over the last decade, he has been completely immersed in the subject and practice of photographic conservation. He has honed his skills and knowledge on preservation, restoration and archiving particularly through the documentation of historic photographic works from the famous Kulwant Roy Collection of the pre and post Independence era. He has played a pivotal role in the establishment of India Photo Archive Foundation and the Neel Dongre Awards/Grants for Excellence in Photography.
At present, while also actively pursuing his professional advertising and commercial assignments, he divides his time between his photography archive and Museo Camera - the only Photography and Camera Museum in India. With more than 3000 rare and iconic cameras and other equipment, this museum traces the history of photography from the 1870s to the Digital Era.
Today in the fast-paced world of megapixels he is also immersing himself in the slowness of analog processes and, at the same time, slowing down many born-digital photographers and artists by mentoring them.
Aditya has also turned alchemist and artist, practicing and teaching the art of vintage photographic processes such as salt prints, egg albumen prints, gum bichromate and wet plate photography.
He has been on the Jury of the National Art Exhibition 2014 organized by Lalit Kala Akademi and many other national shows.
After completing her graduation from St. Stephens College, Sujata Mehra went on to study law at Delhi University’s Faculty of Law. She has been a practising civil lawyer since 1983. She has worked on a wide gamut of subjects ranging from women’s issues, real estate, contractual law, labour laws, arbitrations and consumer laws.
Apart from her professional work, Sujata has also been involved with other organizations on social and legal issues. For example, she worked with Marg (Multiple Action Research Group) on legal manuals for law advocacy on laws pertaining to women and with CCC (Consumer Coordination Council) on consumer laws for advocacy of consumer awareness. She was the legal Consultant for a TV show called 'Aap Ki Kacheri' which sought to spread legal awareness in the country. Sujata has also been the chairperson of sexual harassment committees of MNC’s.
Recently Sujata has authored a book called ‘Existential Dance’ which deals with existential issues and her search for truth.
Sujata Mehra has been a trustee of the India Photo Archive Foundation since its inception in 2009.