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Dayanita SINGH

New Delhi, India born 1961

Blue book #9 2009
Collection Title: the series Blue book
Materials & Technique: photographs, pigment print Edition: Edition 2 of 7

Dimensions: image 46.0 h x 46.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2012
Accession No: NGA 2012.2177

Singh’s Blue book was her first sustained foray into colour photography. The subdued colour and strong compositional aspect of the work talk back to a long practice in black-and-white photography. Singh used daylight film in low light conditions which results in a chromatically warped, deeply saturated palette. Singh’s work is deeply informed by her interest in music and literature, especially the writer Italo Calvino for whom to take a photograph was to photograph loss. Certainly, a piercingly poetic sensibility permeates this work. Vacant factories, huge industrial structures, ominous machinery: a melancholic elegy to a passing era.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra