Aditya Arya, an eminent commercial and travel photographer, began professional photography in 1980 after graduating in History from the St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. After a brief stint in the Bombay Film Industry where he did the stills for some of the leading directors, he shifted back to Delhi.
In addition to his wide-ranging commercial and travel portfolio, his work has been published widely in travel magazines and books. Books include The Land of the Nagas, published by Mapin Publishing. His work can also be seen in the exhibition catalogues of Tejas and The Golden Age of Classical India: The Gupta Empire published in Brussels (Belgium) and Paris (France) respectively. A committed documenter of culture and heritage, Arya has travelled extensively across the country. His significant work includes that of the Alchi Monastery in the remote environs of Ladakh, where he painstakingly photographed the magnificent works of Buddhist art from the 12th century AD. Arya is known for his expertise in the field of advertising and corporate photography specialising in the field of Products, Interiors and Food for the past thirty years. He has also curated many shows on archival and contemporary photography both nationally and internationally.
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. He has played a pivotal role in the formation of India Photo Archive Foundation.
At present, while also actively pursuing his professional advertising and commercial assignments, he divides his time between his photography archive and the only Photography and Camera Museum in India with more than 300 rare and iconic cameras and other equipment tracing the history of photography from the 1870s to the Digital Era.
He was a Director at the Academy for Photographic Excellence (APEX), one of the India’s leading photography academies based in New Delhi. He is also a guest faculty at Jamia Milia University’s Institute of Mass Communication and a Guest Fellow at the prestigious INDIAN INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDY, Shimla.