Aditya Arya (b.1960) is a History graduate from St Stephens College, Delhi University and has been a commercial and travel photographer since 1980. A committed documenter of culture and heritage, he undertook several trips to the
Great Himalayas, particularly to Alchi where he captured magnificent works of Buddhist art which has been publised in the Smithsonian Magazine. He has been widely published in travel magazines and by book
publishers, including The Land of the Nagas, published by Mapin, in the exhibition catalogues of Tejas and The Golden Age of Classical India: The Gupta Empire published respectively in Belgiumand Paris.
Arya has curated shows for The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi and the National Museum, New Delhi to name a few. He has been on the Jury of the National Art Exhibition 2014 organized by Lalit Kala Akademi and Photosphere 2016 offered by the India Habitat Centre. Over the last few years he has immersed himself in the subject and practice of photographic conservation. Uncovering the historic photographic works, pouring over thousands of negatives and vintage prints from the famous Kulvant Roy Collection, he has honed his skills and knowledge on preservation, restoration and archiving. He has played a pivotal role in the formation of India Photo Archive Foundation and has the only Photography and Camera Museum in India with more than 1000 cameras and other equipment tracing the history of photography from 1870’s to the Digital Era. He was a Director at Apex – Academy for Photographic Excellence and has been a guest faculty at Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.