Dayanita Singh

Go Away Closer

Originally trained as a photojournalist and bookmaker, Dayanita Singh (New Delhi, 1961) has exhibited widely both in India and abroad, her work often takes a curious view of the every day, and is characterised by an un­sparing view of her subject matter.

Best-known for her por­traits of India’s urban middle- and upper-classes, her images of people working, celebrating or resting depict everyday life without embellishment, capturing insights that often challenge the exotic stereotypes in the West.

Working closely with the artist in the concept and design of this volume, Hayward Publishing presents Dayanita Singh: Go Away Closer, a unique and inventive new title on the work of this pioneer of contemporary photography.

Included is an interview with the artist and an introduction by the exhibition curator, Stephanie Rosenthal.

“…the photographer’s access to another’s privacy is only through her necessary or chosen apartness, stopping at the foot of a bed instead of coming closer towards the face on the pillow. Intimacy or closeness is always, therefore, a regulation of distances…” — Aveek Sen (The Telegraph India, 11 January 2007)

Published alongside an exhibition at The Hayward Gallery, London, 8 October – 15 December 2013.

Photo caption: Dayanita Singh, Nalin and Natasha, 1996. Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London © The artist 2013

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