Abul Kalam Azad – Director Project 365

Abul Kalam Azad / Image (C) Leo James / EtP Archives
Abul Kalam Azad / Image (C) Leo James / EtP Archives

Renowned photographer Abul Kalam Azad a.k.a. AKA is the visionary behind Project 365. AKA is one of the foremost exponents of art-photography in India. His works are widely exhibited in India and abroad. AKA has a decade of experience as a photo-journalist with Press Trust India and other prominent newspaper agencies and magazines. He also received the prestigious Charles Wallace Award (fellowship 1995), UK and studied photography in the Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College. He left the promising Photojournalism|photo-journalist career to follow his passion ‘photography’. In the year 2000, AKA set up an art studio ‘Mayalokam’ in the inspiring labyrinth of ancient warehouses, situated between the Bazaar Road and the Harbour front, Fort Cochin. Soon, Mayalokam studio became a cultural hub for local, national and international artists and enthusiasts in various disciplines. Eventually, Mayalokam became ‘Mayalokam Art Collective’ to include other artists. AKA had been a frequent to Tiruvannamalai since mid 1990s and in the year 2010, Azad moved permanently to Tiruvannamalai. He is one of the founders of EtP, a Trust dedicated to conserving, archiving and protecting contemporary photography. He is also the recipient of senior fellowship (2012 – 2013) from Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

It is AKA’s vision to initiate collective projects to document the fast changing ancient culture and contemporary lifestyle. He says, “Art is a symbol of our culture and, therefore has to be owned and protected by the people. Contemporary art initiatives must also include the rural people. Project 365 aims at encouraging public ownership of contemporary photography art as well as popularizing the traditional mediums and platforms”.

To this purpose, AKA will be taking visual anecdotes of Project 365 activities and the Tiruvannamalai town through out the project period. Selected few of this series will also be exhibited during the grand exhibition.

Disclaimer: All the images published in this blog is copyrighted property of the author and belongs to Project 365 PUBLIC archives. Prior permission is required to reproduce and / or and / or print in any form. 

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