Gurgaon is home to copious firsts, when it comes to comparing with the capital city,.….the first trampoline park in Delhi NCR, microbreweries, Cyber hub, Raahgiri…..and now a Vintage Camera Museum!
A Shutterbug Haven!
The Vintage Camera Museum is a must visit for any Camera or photo buff, being attributed to it being a shutterbug haven! The museum, maintained and curated by renowned and acclaimed Photographer and Photo Journalist Aditya Arya, has some of the rarest cameras of great vintage displayed there.These have been painstakingly collected by Aditya from various sources over a period of time. From very small sized cameras to extremely large ones, the collection is truly fascinating.
A Walk Across The Centuries!
At present, run from Aditya’s resident’s basement in DLF phase 3, the collection boasts of more than 1500 antique cameras from over a 100 countries, including the tiniest camera on earth, the oldest (dating back to the 1870s), a dazzling array of photographic equipment, the earliest flash equipment; photographic films; lenses; enlargers and light meters. A look see and walk through the place will raise your eyebrows in amazement of the passion and the effort by Aditya Arya, to curate a rare collection.The walls are crammed with stunning photographers of Nehru, Gandhi and political events from 1930s to 60s by photo journalist Kulwant Roy, Arya’s uncle. If you’re interested in photography you just can’t skip this one. A wonderland for curious souls wanting to know about vintage cameras.
A one of it’s kind museum, it houses rare and some very interesting photographs too! A purely stunning collection of cameras, corresponding to the type of pictures they produce, is an amazing insight into the transition in technology. And the best part is, the walk through is personally conducted by Aditya himself who has lots of stories and views on the past and future of photography. The history of some of these cameras have also been documented.
‘Museo Camera’….A Photographer’s Wonderland!
The Museum is slated to move to a state of the art facility in the Spring of 2019. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and India Photo Archive Foundation (IPAF) to set up the museum, proposed to be named ‘Museo Camera’. A dilapidated community centre, spread over 18,000 ft., in Chakkarpur Village has been shortlisted and renovation work is likely to begin soon and is expected to cost ₹4.22 crores!
What To Expect?….Amazement!
The museum will display photo archives of the freedom movement, which will be part of the ‘Kulwant Roy’ Collection. It will also feature cameras that were once mounted on the bomber aircraft during attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Besides a workshop, library and cafeteria, the museum will also have a dark room where visitors can develop their own photographs. Aside from historic photos, the museum will host galleries displaying contemporary photography to promote emerging artists.
The museum, with an unmatched collection of rare cameras, photographs and allied equipment, is sure to prove to be an iconic destination in Gurgaon!
*MUSEUM OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY*