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Singh, Dayanita (1961)

Dayanita Singh was born in a liberal New Delhi family where her mother greatly shared her love for photography - ‘She was a great archivist. In our house every surface was covered with photographs and albums. Around the time she was pregnant with me, she found some photographs of my father dancing with his old girlfriends. She put them in an album, with a picture of herself on the last page, writing on the cover, 'Hey, some respect for photography at least!’ She was quite a character. Those albums were really my introduction to photography.’ After graduating in photojournalism in New York, the Indian photographer returned to her native country to observe its  culture and society. Promptly, she demonstrates an obsession for paper and books: ‘I have a visceral response to places like that. To paper factories, old bookshops, people’s private libraries. I find the thought of the secrets and knowledge contained in all that paper deeply moving.’ Surely something that has to do with her mother’s passion for chronicling their existence on photographic studies.
 

Tags / Dayanita Singh - Indian Photographer - Existentialism - 1990s - Paper - Family - Archive
Dayanita Singh, Sundarba gloves, 2006
Dayanita Singh, Sundarba gloves, 2006
Dayanita Singh, Blue Book 19, 2008
Dayanita Singh, Blue Book 19, 2008
Dayanita Singh, Blue Book 34, 2008
Dayanita Singh, Blue Book 34, 2008
Dayanita Singh, Museum of Innocence (Detail), 2011
Dayanita Singh, Museum of Innocence (Detail), 2011
Dayanita Singh, File Room (Detail), 2011
Dayanita Singh, File Room (Detail), 2011
Dayanita Singh, Dream Villa 7, 2007, 2008
Dayanita Singh, Dream Villa 7, 2007, 2008
Dayanita Singh, Dream Villa 20, 2007, 2008
Dayanita Singh, Dream Villa 20, 2007, 2008
Dayanita Singh, Dream Villa 20, 2007, 2008
Dayanita Singh, Dream Villa 20, 2007, 2008
Dayanita Singh, Dream Villa 28, 2008, 2008
Dayanita Singh, Dream Villa 28, 2008, 2008
Dayanita Singh, Dream Villa 35, 2007, 2008
Dayanita Singh, Dream Villa 35, 2007, 2008
Dayanita Singh, Poppy, 2006
Dayanita Singh, Poppy, 2006
Dayanita Singh, Book binding, 2006
Dayanita Singh, Book binding, 2006
Dayanita Singh, Locker Room, 2006
Dayanita Singh, Locker Room, 2006
Dayanita Singh, Ladies Dance Room, Morvi, 2002, 2002
Dayanita Singh, Ladies Dance Room, Morvi, 2002, 2002
Dayanita Singh, Asiatic Library Reading Room, Bombay 2000, 2000
Dayanita Singh, Asiatic Library Reading Room, Bombay 2000, 2000
Dayanita Singh, Durga Tagore’s Bed and Vault, Calcutta, 2002, 2003
Dayanita Singh, Durga Tagore’s Bed and Vault, Calcutta, 2002, 2003
Dayanita Singh, Shiva Tent, 2007
Dayanita Singh, Shiva Tent, 2007
Dayanita Singh, Dark Tent, 2007
Dayanita Singh, Dark Tent, 2007
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