Photo Book Series

The photobook is an avenue that EtP intends to utilize in bringing contemporary photography to the public. The “Tamilakam Rekaikal” photobook series will be a curated peek into EtP’s photogrpahic archives. The first installment will feature images produced in the first phase of the project, which was concluded in Tiruvannamalai, and further installments will include photobooks based on Abul Kalam Azad’s “Black Mother” and “War Wedding Widows”.


The ancient town of Tiruvannamalai has been extensively documented through the individual projects of the twenty five Project 365 photographers, collectively making up an archive of more than 3000 photographs. The focus of each photo series, and the effect of juxtaposition of different series or even images, create multiple perspectives through which the town and its culture may be viewed. Tamilakam Rekaikal intends to bring out such perspectives through a careful curation of the massive archive, building a collective non-linear narrative while maintaining the uniqueness of each series. The 250 page illustrated multi-color photo will be made available in hard bound and paper back.


Koovagam is a small village in the Ulundurpettai Taluk of —– district, which hosts an annual festival dedicated to Koothantavar. Every year, the 18-day festival is attended by a massive crowd made up of visitors from far and near. With a legendary background based on the Mahabharata, Koothantavar and his wife, Mohini, are symbolic of a longstanding acceptance of sexual ambivalence. Abul Kalam Azad becomes one with the crowd as he sharply but organically documents the sumptuous celebration of sacrifice, love, sex and desire.The 250 page illustrated multi-color photo book will be made available in hard bound and paper back.


The epic poem, Silappathikaram, which narrates the tragic story of Kannagi, the epitome of the Feminine, is regarded as one of the finest achievements in Tamil literature. The poem is noted for its cultural underpinnings, providing a broad and detailed view of the society of that age. Abul Kalam Azad gazes into the contemporary residues of the epic myth, documenting ritualistic performances, epical landscapes and portraits, revealing contemporary cultural issues and uprooting the present notions of identity and gender. The 250 page illustrated multi-color photo book will be made available in hard bound and paper back.