'Special Collections' include thematically organised image catalogues culled from the CA&A archives. Also, it comprises of photograph collections of global contributors who have associated with the CA&A for sharing their images on the VMIS.
The American Council for Southern Asian Art (ASCAA) Digital Images were first distributed under the aegis of the ACSAA Color Slide Project, a non-profit initiative administered through the former Asian Art Archives of The University of Michigan that from 1974 through 2006 provided high quality original and duplicate 35 mm color slides of the art and architecture of India and greater South Asia, Southeast Asia and Indonesia, and the Himalayan regions to individuals and institutions for teaching and research purposes around the world.
Anne Benolken has a Bachelors from the University of Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Maryland Institute College of Art. In 1982 she traveled to India on an American Institute of Indian Studies grant to photograph Indian houses from the time of the Raj. She now creates three-dimensional mixed media digital photo collages about problems in life and spirituality, using the Indian goddess Kali to represent herself. She has shown work both locally and nationally.
Ashwin Jain is an engineer by training. He started photography a couple of years back as a hobby that has now become a passion. His profession often takes him to places never traveled or touched by masses. The photographs of Konark, Udaigiri and many other historical sites from his collection are result of his explorations of such sites in his free time and also his interest in recording marvels of Indian art.
The Indian Baroque architecture style emerged in wake of colonial presence in the subcontinent, due to interactions between Neo-Roman style European architecture and Indian styles. The study and documentation of Baroque Architecture of India was undertaken by Professor Jose Pereira during 1967-1969 for the American Academy of Benares, now the Center for Art and Archaeology of American Institute of Indian Studies. He visited areas in India where the Neo-Roman monuments are found accompanied by the Academy’s photographer Dharampal Nanda. The project covered Neo-Roman or Baroque Architecture of Goa, Daman, Diu, Kerala, Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu. The photographs are preserved in Photo-archives of the Center for Art and Archaeology, Gurgaon.
Carmel Berkson is an American sculptor, photographer and a scholar who spent four decades of her life in India studying, documenting and interpreting the aesthetic nuances of Indian sculptures to be found on temple walls and cave temples, in museums, in private collections and indeed in all and sundry unexpected places. Carmel received a Padma Shri for her photographic documentation of Indian art.