Aditya Arya (b.1960) is an eminent commercial and travel photographer and began professional photography in 1980 after graduating in History from the St. Stephens College, Delhi University. After a brief stint in the Mumbai Film Industry where he did the 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 formation of the India Photo Archive Foundation and The Neel Dongle 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 tracing the history of photography from the 1870s to the digital era.
Arya has been on the Jury of the National Art Exhibition 2014, organized by Lalit Kala Academy, besides many other national shows. He has curated shows of archival and contemporary visual works for the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and the National Museum, New Delhi, and several galleries and museums in Canada, London, France, Spain etc.
A guest faculty at Sri Aurobindo Centre of Art and Communication and previously at the Jamia Millia Islamia University’s Institute of Mass Communication, Arya also was a mentor at Habitat Photosphere, a photography festival initiative by Visual Arts Galley, 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.
Arya was an attendee of the SPE / MNF Photo Education Symposium, 5-7.Jan.2020, in New Delhi. This bio was provided by the artist.
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Museo Camera is a world-class museum showcasing the art, science, and history of photography. Arya spearheaded the operation, which was begun largely with much of his own private collection. Museo Camera is located in New Delhi.