We are a digital archive that functions as a resource, engaging
with the visual histories of the Anglo-Indian community through
a nuanced and critical lens. The archive largely focuses on
family photographs and other visual material made within the
community from the late 19th through the 20th centuries.
Importantly, the archive also functions as a space for
critically reevaluating both the community’s erasure from
prevailing narratives, as well as its largely stereotypical
historical representations in mainstream media.
The Anglo-Indian Archives currently holds over a 1000 digitised photographs, as well as oral history interviews with more than 13 Anglo-Indian families from Chennai and Guwahati, India. The Archives have been actively growing since 2018, facilitated by the generous collaboration and participation of numerous families, individuals and institutions within India and the global Anglo-Indian diaspora.
Dileep Prakash (b. 1965) studied Ancient Indian history and has been photographing since the 1980's. A considerable part of his practice navigates memory, history and the passage of time - specifically India's colonial past. His work includes - The Anglo-Indians (2006), What Was Home (2010) and Sleeping in the Forest (2018). Dileep is represented by Photoink.
Sheik Mohamed Ishaq (b. 1989), is a master’s graduate in Photography Design from National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar. He is an independent practitioner based in Chennai, who practices photography and its related fields. His areas of interests include archiving, system design and exhibition production. He is a visiting faculty for the Master's photography programme at the National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar.
Adira Thekkuveettil (b. 1990) is an artist, researcher and designer working primarily with photography. In her professional practice, Adira is an exhibition designer and curator, working with various institutional as well as personal archives, museums and private collections across India. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Design.