Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and India Photo Archive Foundation, headed by photographer Aditya Arya, today signed an MoU for Gurgaon’s first camera museum at MCG’s Sector 34 office. The MoU will be valid for 11 years.
The museum will showcase more than 1,000 photographs Arya has in his possession, some dating back to the 19th century, along with his collection of vintage cameras. It will also include his collection of studio, field and portable cameras from brands such as Kodak, Leica, Ansco, Zeiss, Graflex and Thornton Pickard.
“Along with showcasing the evolution of photography, Museo Camera will also be a centre of learning for photography enthusiasts. It will also help aspiring photographers learn the art,” Arya said. He added that it was a proud moment for him to see his undergraduate obsession of collecting old, vintage cameras from ragpickers take on the shape of reality.
The project, the cost of which was earlier pegged at Rs 7 crore, has now been revised by MCG to Rs 4 crore. It is expected to be completed by March 2018.
“The camera museum will not only be a haven for photography lovers but has all the ingredients of becoming an iconic destination in the city,” said V Umashankar, MCG commissioner. He added that 20 students from Chakkarpur village would be given an allowance for an internship programme at the museum.
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