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Aditya Arya

Chairperson and Trustee, India Photo Archive Foundation & Founding Member, Academy for Photographic Excellence (APEX)

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 few years, 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 1000 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. He has also curated several shows of archival and contemporary visual works, both nationally and internationally. These include the National Gallery of Modern Art and National Museum, New Delhi, and several galleries and museums in Canada, London, France, and Spain.

He is a guest faculty at Sri Aurobindo Centre of Art and Communication, and also previously at the Jamia Millia Islamia university’s Institute of Mass Communication. He was most recently a mentor at Habitat Photosphere, a photography festival initiative by Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre. He was also the Director at the Academy for Photographic Excellence (APEX), one of India’s leading photography academies based in New Delhi, and a Guest Fellow and Curator at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.

Aditya’s passion for working with his hands extends to his farm where he grows a range of pesticide-free vegetables and medicinal plants.