Pulavar Thyagarajan, a noted Tamil poet and author of several books including the noted Poompukar Varalatru Yechangal which is an academic book on the history of Poompukar, has been taking keen interest in photography since his teenage. A self-taught photographer, he has taken images of the town and nearby areas, focusing on the temples, temple art, gatherings and landscapes. His collection includes several hundreds of negatives that we are yet to start archiving.
Abul Kalam Azad is an eminent contemporary Indian visual artist based in South India. His works are largely personal explorations and documentations of experiences, and memories of his native land, people and their culture and is noted for stretching the boundaries of Indian photographic practice and bringing the concerns of the common people further into the thematic territory of the medium. EtP has special access to Abul Kalam Azad’s works that comprises of negatives, documents, digital images and prints made since the late 1970s. We have started digitalizing the negatives and have brought together a collection of his works in the form of a photo-book that we want to co-publish with interested publishers/cultural organisations.
Ralph M Steinman, Diss, Heidelberg University, visited India during the 1970s to do a research project on Guru-Disciple relationship. His study brought him to Tiruvannamalai, and through his associations with the Ramana Ashram, he produced a series of essays. Some of them were published in the Mountain Path, a quarterly journal published by the Ashram. His research papers were also presented at the South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University. During his stay in Tiruvannamalai, he made hundreds of diapositives, mostly around the Annamalai Hill, which are presently with EtP. We are yet to start archiving his work.