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Arthshila Ahmedabad and IIMA Archives are pleased to present a Photography Exhibition ‘An Institution in the Making: IIM Ahmedabad through the lens of Pranlal Patel’. Join us for the opening on Saturday, 01 April 2023 at 6.30 pm.
This exhibition provides the viewer with a look at an iconic project captured over a period of time by an iconic photographer through his lens. In early 2021, the IIMA Archives obtained about 200 photographs by Pranlal Patel. In November 2022, the IIMA Archives held an exhibition of 60 of these photographs ‘Not Yet 25: IIMA through Pranlal Patel’s Lens’. Each of the 60 images has a background to it, and offers one a glimpse of the thought that went into building the campus and the challenges that had to be overcome.
Pranlal Patel (1910-2014) started his photography journey in 1932. He became an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in 1946 and was made an Associate of the India International Photography Council in 1993. He was particularly interested in Ahmedabad’s transformation in the 20th century and photographed many new buildings that came up just before and soon after Indian independence. Examples of these include Electricity House, the Ahmedabad Textile Mill Owners’ Association building designed by Le Corbusier, many industrial buildings and IIM Ahmedabad. His work continues to be exhibited through permanent collections the Gandhi Ashram, Ahmedabad. When he was not engaged in the business of photography, he travelled to different parts of the country in search of vignettes of rural life, tribal cultures, pilgrims on their journeys, and festivals.
Arthshila Ahmedabad, 2-G, opposite Ahmedabad Management Association, Panjrapol, Ambawadi – 380015