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Dayanita Singh by Dayanita Singh
Book DescriptionWhat can a photographer in India capture on film other than disasters or the exotic? After many years spent documenting the poverty in her homeland, Dayanita Singh was preoccupied by this question. Her answer here is a return to the world from which she came, to India's extended, well-to-do families and their fine homes. Both on commission and on her own, she photographed friends and friends of friends, creating a portrait of another society, complete with its traditional and post-colonial symbols of prosperity. The self-confident elite of India is nearly unrivalled in the West. "Privacy" provides great insight into a closed world characterized by tight family solidarity. Singh shows the people as they would like to see themselves, in the middle of splendidly decorated rooms and surrounded by possessions that represent their self-image. At a certain point in her work, Singh realized that even without their residents, the rooms were occupied by the invisible generations that had lived there before. The book closes with photographs of interiors, empty but still filled with spirits.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9783882439625
(240mm x 200mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Steidl Verlag
Publisher: Steidl Publishers
Publish Date: 2-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: Germany
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A book about how life unfolds, and asks to be recorded and edited, along and off the axis of time.
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