S.T.A.R.S Archive Team

Anand, Arun, Noel, Mehala and Vinnoli are involved in many aspects of the ‘data mining’ of the STARS studio survey and digitization, presently funded by the EAP as well as the maintainance of the physical archive held in the IFP.

Their photos below are manipulated from original studio portraits from the STARS archive.

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J. ANANDHAJOTHI 

Is a Master of Arts in Tamil literature, certified in photography and video graph and he has worked in several south Indian village projects. The following are the details of some his projects: South Indian Folklore Project in Madurai (2003 to 2006), DATAH project funded by the Endangered Archive Programme hosted by the French Institute of Pondicherry (2014 to 2016). His interests are – documenting photos and field work regarding research.

 

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M. ARUN 

Highly motivated Indian photographer whose work focuses on the contemporary forces of development on India’s traditional culture and natural environment. Shooting with his preferred Pentacon Six, he investigates his subjects with an eye for lines of geometry and contrasts of light and shadow, perhaps influenced by his appreciation for the works of Lu Nan and Gordon Parks. Mentored by Australian photographer, Brian Potts, and documentary photographers, Yannick Cormier and Varun Gupta, participated in the Chennai Photo Biennale workshop led by Ravi Agarwal and Munem Wasif and has exhibited at CPB as well as Pondicherry PHOTO 2016.

 

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N. FRANCIS

After completing his M.A Public Administration from Madras Christian College, Chennai. Noel began his career as trainee assistant manager in the plantation division of Stanes Amalgamated Estates Ltd. in the Nilgiri hills. Noel has turned into an entrepreneur involved in promoting ecotourism and community welfare projects for the indigenous people living in Nilgiris and Coimbatore district. He focuses on the preservation of old photographs and to contribute in the welfare of tribal communities. He is freelancing for the STARS project in the Nilgiris.

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S. MEHALA 

A post graduate in Anthropology based in Pondicherry. Currently pursuing PhD in the department of Anthropology, Pondicherry University on the issues of identity, stigma and coping strategies among the leprosy sufferers. Over the years she has received Junior Research Fellowship from UGC (India) and has cleared national eligibility test for lectureship (NET) 2011. Received DAAD fellowship as a guest scholar to visit Cologne University, Germany in the year 2011. One of her interests focuses on Visual Anthropology dealing with photography and its interpretation.

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K. VINNOLI 

A creative person with a zest for life, Vinnoli is a journalism graduate from Madras Christian College, Chennai. Defined as an adaptable thinker, nature lover, friendly and down to earth individual. Has done her final semester research on the impact of television on the Narikuravar tribe in Avadi, Chennai. Done her internship program at Auroville radio station on recording, interviewing and editing the soundscapes. Later worked with an advertisement agency assisting the post production works which included photography, casting and conducting interviews. Now researching on the history of photography through S.T.A.R.S.