Curated Collection from Ekalokam Trust for Photography
Tiruvannamalai, one of the finest and exquisite destinations in South India, emanates magic and mysticism. The enticing and mesmerising beauty of the 33000 million years old Arunachala hill, its landscape and lifestyle reverberates an eternal magnetic pull that is hard to resist.
We are proud to host this unparalleled curated set of images shot by a group of fabulous photographers in Tiruvannamalai between 2014 and 2015. Proceeds from this sale will go to Ekalokam Trust for Photography.
All these original, exclusive, authentic, photographic visuals were created as part of Project 365 Tiruvannamalai public photo-art project initiated by EtP and brought to you at a special 30% discount price and a limited edition of 20 prints. We print our artworks only on Hahnemühle Acid-Free papers. As per the R & D of Hahnemühle Ltd., Hahnemühle papers are archival and extremely resistant to aging. When printed using UV resistant inks, which is what we use, these art prints can defy time and withstand up to 100 years in proper conditions. Usually, museums and art collectors prefer this paper. What more, these prints are limited editions, and only a few will be available in the whole world. Order yours today !!
Abul Kalam Azad Collection
Selected works from the Archive
A photographer is indeed the primary archivist. Many lost and forgotten works of photographers have been found later, and in nearly all of such finds, the thoughtful ways in which they had preserved his/her works helped the fragile films and prints withstand the test of time. And as history has repeatedly proved, when these photographs are found, they are immediately showered with acclaim and value that they always deserved. Like archaeological finds, they are treasured for their invaluable aesthetical and historical content. But information about the photographers and the anecdotal facts about their works become lost forever.
Often, photographers are unable to find resources during their lifetime to properly archive their works, many of which remain unpublished and unexhibited forever. In developed countries, the value of photographs as cultural documents and epigraphs, and in later times as works of art, has been widely acknowledged, and the State and cultural institutions take a special interest in supporting photographers to create and preserve their works. In India, there has been little recognition of its true value except in the case of magazines or newspapers commissioning works. The Government and most cultural institutions have taken very little effort to preserve early photographs of India. Most of these were lost during the shift from analogue to digital, especially studio photographs. They were thrown away, or melted for their silver, or collected for a scrap price. The situation is no better in the art world, where artists who do not play by the market norms find it hard to even sustain themselves through art, let alone preserve their works for posterity. On all fronts, it appears to be a lost cause already as far as photography is concerned.
Ekalokam Trust for Photography, a registered non-profit foundation dedicated to creating, sharing and promoting contemporary photographic visuals of ancient Tamilakam and connected maritime cultures across the 2000 year old silk, spice, and incense routes. EtP is committed to establishing a Photo Archive, which would preserve the works of willing contemporary and independent photographers. The process of setting up a physical archive capable of housing the numerous prints and negatives that photographers produce has been slow and tedious due to the restrictions within which the organization is working. At this point, EtP is in the process of collecting and categorizing the works of Abul Kalam Azad, who is the first photographer whose work was offered to EtP for preservation. In this joint venture between Jugaad Foto Bazaar and EtP, we have presented an exclusive collection from the archive at a special 20% discount price and a limited edition of 30 prints.
In India, we believe in making lasting connections. That's why we print our artworks only on Hahnemühle Acid-Free papers. As per the R & D of Hahnemühle Ltd., Hahnemühle papers are archival and extremely resistant to aging. When printed using UV resistant inks, which is what we use, these art prints can defy time and withstand up to 100 years in proper conditions. Usually, museums and art collectors prefer this paper. What more, these prints are limited editions, and only a few will be available in the whole world. Order yours today !!
Every photograph has a value and captures a slice of history that contains several layers of information and memories. The photographic history of India is of the same age as that of photography itself. Immediately after its invention, the Britishers introduced this fascinating technique to India. Initially, it was believed that being photographed is equivalent to having one's soul stolen... and the word 'shoot' added to its slightly sinister air of mystery.
Nonetheless, within a century, this marvelous medium penetrated every layer of Indian culture & lifestyle. Today, photography has become as popular as that of music and poetry. India's spectacular beauty, diversity, and pluralistic lifestyles can be experienced, by looking through the maze of cherished images, produced by six generations of photographers.
Contemporary Collection is a thoughtfully curated versatile collection of photographic artworks by photographers who have made a significant contribution to the field of photography, especially, Indian. These original, limited edition, exclusive photographs are culled out from different streams, genres, and styles, at an affordable price. The photographers in this collection have started practicing and exhibiting in galleries and museums since the 90s. They explored this vast land and its diversified landscape, much before the digital medium opened up the possibility for everyone to become a photographer. That way, the large and historical opuses of Contemporary Indian photographers are indeed invaluable cultural assets of our nation.
Art in Everyday Life
Ever wondered how beautifully crafted replicas of artworks offer an intimate experience of pride and ownership. We direct our imagination and creativity to transform famous contemporary photographic imageries into innovative
every-day merchandise. Metamorphosis... a transcendental process that makes art affordable and accessible. Our premiere product is Miniature Photo Notebook. Stay tuned for more products. We will also bring you Single and Limited Photo Books.