Dayanita Singh is a photographer and prolific publisher. Her works focus on the act of engaging with photographs, viewing and touching them in books and editing them over time.
Born in Delhi in 1961, Dayanita found her way to photography via music. As luck would have it she met the renowned tabla player Zakir Hussain who asked her to photograph him and she attributes her artistic focus to the years she spent observing him. She studied Visual Communication at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad and then Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography in New York.
She has authored twelve books, made her own series of mobile museums and exhibited all over the world including; Frith Street Gallery; The Art Institute, Chicago; Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi; Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2013, Singh became the first Indian to have a solo show at The Hayward Gallery in London.
By Louise Sinnerton