Zakir Hussain Maquette, Dayanita Singh

Dayanita Singh's first photographic book project

Zakir Hussain Maquette, Dayanita Singh

Dayanita Singh's first photographic book project


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The book is known as Dayanita Singh's main medium, and she exploits it to create new relationships between photography, publishing, exhibiting and the museum. But where did her passion for the book begin as the ideal container for her photographs, for the stories she tells? The answer lies in Zakir Hussain, a handmade model that Singh created in 1986 as his first project as a graphic design student. The protagonist of Singh's photo essay is the Indian classical tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, whom she captured on stage and at home with his family. Surrounding the photographs are handwritten texts collected from interviews that Singh conducted with his accompanists, including Hussain's thoughts: "I will always be a musician. A musician will always be a musician, not just me. He may stop performing, but the musician is still there."

Dayanita Singh is a renowned Indian photographer, born in 1961, whose innovative work explores the complexity of life in contemporary India. Initially a prominent photojournalist, Singh has transcended the traditional boundaries of photography, combining documentary and artistic elements.Her captivating images tell profound stories about identity, memory and society, while her innovative "book museums" redefine exhibition spaces.Internationally recognized, Singh is an influential figure on the global art scene, leaving a lasting impact with her unique ability to convey cultural and human richness through her lens.


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21.7 x 23.2 cm
Two soft covers and a poster in a sleeve
96 p.
Dayanita Singh

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