ARTISANS' is delighted to offer a limited number of signed copies of Dayanita Singh's Let's See.
Let’s Seeis a photo-novel of Dayanita Singh’s earliest years as a photographer, a return to a time when she did not yet consider herself a photographer, the probing remembrance of “an eye I no longer have access to.”
Let's See coincides with Singh's 2022 retrospective Dancing with my Camera at the Gropius Bau,Berlin, which presents Singh's genre-defying oeuvre. Singh poured through 40 years of her archive—80% of which remains unseen—exploring scans of her contact sheets and being amazed by the gentle and tender images from the 1980s and ’90s she had since forgotten—hostel roommates, friends with whom she lived, family, weddings, funerals; portraits of herself and those who would become important characters in her life: her mother Nony Singh,Zakir Hussain, and Mona Ahmed.
Singh’s first camera, a Pentax ME Super with a 50mm lens, was a gift from the German publisher Ernst Battenberg (1927–92), and with it she “made photos of everything I could, trying to make a roll of film last as long as possible,” creating contact sheets of all her images, but realising the rare luxury of an individual print only for a publication or a book project.
“I call this bookLet’s See,” says Singh, “because these images are about exactly that: how we see, what we don’t see, what only the camera sees...”
In 2022 Dayanita Singh became the first laureate from South Asia to winthe prestigious Hasselblad Award.