New Delhi, Aug. 22 -- When Mohammad Tauhir was 12, he was gifted a camera by his parents. The excited boy, who had moved into the south Delhi neighbourhood of Mehrauli in the 1970s, would dress up and stride around his neighbourhood with his brother carefully photographing everything around that fascinated him. More than 140 of these photographs will soon make their way to the Delhi visual archives of the Centre for Community Knowledge at Ambedkar University.

The Centre collected 233 photographs of Mehrauli through the 1970s, 80s and 90s, during their neighbourhood museum project in 2017. "We have photographs of Mehrauli in the late 1930s as well. From these and the photos collected in the neighbourhood museum, we can see how little of the...