Gurugram is all set to become home to the world’s largest camera museum this World Photography Day.
On August 19th, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon along with acclaimed photographer Aditya Arya, of the Vintage Camera Museum fame, will launch ‘The Museo Camera – Centre of Photography.’
The Museum will trace the art of photography through the evolution of cameras, various photography processes as well as photography paraphenlia. Pinhole cameras, the camera obscura, daguerreotypes, dry plates, the birth of film, polaroid and digicams will be on display in the Museum.
Close to 700 cameras, of different shapes, sizes and models, will be displayed. These are a part of the collection painstakingly curated by Arya.
Around 800 original patents of cameras from the 1800s will also be displayed at the Museum. These have been collected by Arya during his many travels.
The Museum will also be home to a collection of vintage camera ads.
In addition to displaying the wonderful and fascinating history of photography, the Museum will also function as a place of learning: “I want to create an institution, a physical space that should also be state-of-the-art,” Arya toldThe Times of India.
The Museum will be spread across 15,000 square feet in Chakkarpur village of New Gurgaon.
Says Vivek Kalia, joint commissioner of the Muncipal Corporation of Gurgaon, “We want this to be world-class, a symbol of excellence.”