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.