Zoé E. HEADLEY, Social Anthropologist

Zoe Headley initiated the STARS project. She is CNRS Research Fellow. She was the principal coordinator in the constitution of the STARS archive (EAP 737, EAP946).



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K. Ramesh KUMAR, Photographer

Mr. K. Ramesh Kumar,  joined the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP)  in 1997 as a photographer. He is presently the head of the IFP Photo Archive and co-coordinated the constitution of the STARS archive (EAP 737, EAP 946).



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Alexandra De HEERING, Historian

Alexandra de Heering is a postdoctoral researcher (FNRS, Belgium) and research associate at the French Institute of Pondicherry, India.  She co-coordinated EAP 946.



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Vanessa CARU, Historian

Vanessa Caru is CNRS Research Fellow in contemporary social history at French Institute of Pondicherry. Her research within the STARS project focuses on the emergence of the studio photographers as a professional group.



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Anand, Arun, Noel, Mehala and Vinnoli were involved in many aspects of the ‘data mining’ of the STARS studio survey and digitization, funded by the EAP (2016-2019) as well as the development and management of both the physical and digital STARS Archive (IFP).



Anand holds a Master of Arts in Tamil literature, is certified in photography and video graph. He has worked on several South Indian village projects including: 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 research oriented field work.



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Arun is a ĀRUN is a self-taught, freelance photographer with a particular interest in archival photographic processes and is a specialist in printing processes. His personal work focuses on the contemporary forces of development on India’s traditional culture and natural environment.



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Mehala is currently pursuing a PhD in the department of Anthropology, Pondicherry University on the issues of identity, stigma and coping strategies among leprosy sufferers. She received a Junior Research Fellowship from UGC (India). In 2011 she passed the national eligibility test for lectureship (NET) and was a DAAD Fellow at Cologne University, Germany. One of her interests focuses on Visual Anthropology dealing with photography and its interpretation.



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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, she completed her final semester research on the impact of television on the Narikuravar tribe in Avadi, Chennai and interned at Auroville Radio  recording, interviewing and editing  soundscapes. She worked in advertising assisting image  post production, casting and interviews.



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Arya Aditya, Photographer, founder of the India Photo Archive Foundation, Delhi, India

Anne-Julie Etter, Historian, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France

Madhavan Pillai, Founder and director of the Asia Photography Archive, Ooty, India

Yann Potin, Historian, Archives Nationales, France.

Bertrand Sainte-Marthe, Conservator, Archives Nationales, France

Kasha Vande, President, EXPOSURE, France

Denis Vidal, Social anthropologist, IRD, France



*Research Team photos are edited versions of  original studio portraits from the STARS Archive.


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