With the launch of Museo Camera Centre for the Photographic Arts in Gurgaon, the city now has the largest collection of cameras in South Asia. By Kumar Shree

When veteran photographer Aditya Arya started collecting cameras some forty years ago, he had never thought that it would become the largest collection in Asia, someday. Yet here we are witnessing the Museo Camera Centre for the Photographic Arts, an iconic establishment of its kind, that houses what we can attribute as Aditya’s collection.

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Inviting you all to become a founder member of MUSEO CAMERA, Centre for the Photographic Arts It’s been a great love of @adiarya for 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 in his 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, he also started exploring the world of photography beyond and before him. Through the iconic photo archive of the eminent Kulwant Roy, that took him into the world of archiving and digitisation, not to mention, the history of the photographic image. Today, h also has a personal collection of 2500+ antique cameras and other allied gadgets dating back to the 1860’s, collected from over 100 countries. It has been his 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. Easily accessible from the Huda City Centre metro station, this will be 18000 square feet of modern space that houses the museum with two exhibition galleries, education and experimental spaces, a shop, a café, the works. But to make all of this happen, we urgently need your help. We need to raise Rs 1.5 crores, and the way we want this to be done, is for each of you – photography lover, museum goer, professional photographer, amateur enthusiast, art critic, connoisseur or 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 on the walls/web site of Museo Camera

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Aditya started with a thought of making the long and interesting history of cameras easily available and accessible to everyone. That is when a collaboration with the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon materialised back in 2016. Three years of collective work together has now evolved into a museum of 18,000 sq ft museum that is all about cameras and has dark rooms, cafeterias, shops, galleries and seminar halls, as well.

Everything at the Museo Camera Centre for the Photographic Arts ‘pans’ around cameras. Right from the black-and-white portrait photograph sitting at the entrance to the centrepiece chandelier made from around 50 twin-lens Yashica cameras. Well, that is not all for even the entry ticket to the museum is shaped like a film roll.

The museum portrays the entire journey, history, and evolution of the camera within its walls. Apart from housing cameras used in the WWI and WWII, a camera obscura (used for creating portraits in the 19th century), the world’s oldest 3D camera, and even the smallest camera made with a prism; it also houses vintage-styled interactive studios, where you can actually click photographs and develop them, too.

The museum is also going to launch a Kulwant Roy Collection from October 2. Kulwant Roy was the head of Associated Press Photograph and oversaw documenting the independence movement.

Where: Shri Ganesh Mandir Marg, DLF Phase IV, Sector 28, Gurugram, Haryana 122002

Timings: From 11 am to 7 pm on all seven days. 

Tickets: From INR 200.

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