Emotional rescue

Acclaimed photojournalist Dayanita Singh presents her first exhibition of colour images.

Anamika Butalia        Print Edition: November 15, 2009

Dayanita Singh Blue Book #2 2008, C-type colour print, edition of 7, 40” x 40”
Dayanita Singh Blue Book #2 2008, C-type colour print, edition of 7, 40” x 40”

At 48, photographer Dayanita Singh can look back at her life with pride. She pushed her limits and broke several moulds right from the 1980s. Breaching the gender barrier, she made a career in the male-dominated field of photography. Then, when colour photographs had become de rigueur in photography, she stuck to black and white.

Singh says that the latter is “the most fragile form of art”. But now, for the first time in over 25 years, she’s working with colour. Sticking to traditional techniques, Singh eschews digital photography or computer manipulations to produce the “Blue Book”—her first ever colour exhibit. The awardwinning photographer has put together 26 images that evoke emotions in an environment as sterile as an industrial backdrop.

Singh’s first exhibition was held in 1995 in Switzerland as a part of a group exhibition. Since then, she has done solo exhibits as well as group exhibitions across Europe, UK, US, Mexico, South Korea and Australia. The “Blue Book” is only her second solo exhibition in India.

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