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Family photos are more than just a photograph of a loved one; each one is a historical record. These images reflect history, teach us, change our perceptions of our forefathers, and tell the story of our family's history.

Through the TCC Photo Archive we hope that our stories emerge from within, filling in the gaps that continue to dominate the narratives on the people, places and communities that make up the region of Sikkim and Darjeeling Hills. We seek to rebuild our stories, lost in the distorted narratives defining our existence and identities, constantly reducing us to the margins with our stories only being told and written from the ‘outside’.

Our purpose is to engage with the local community to keep our tradition and essence of storytelling alive, after-all ‘guff’ lies in the heart of the Pahari way of life, and also where we find the rich repositories of our history, culture, tradition and collective existence. We wish to preserve this history captured in photographs and the conversations that arise from them.

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