Dayanita Singh is an Indian photographic artist. Singh studied visual communications from 1980 to 1986 at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, and photojournalism in 1987 and 1988 at the International Center of Photography in New York.
She has published ten books: Zakir Hussain (1986), Myself, Mona Ahmed (2001), Privacy (2003), Chairs (2005), Go Away Closer (2007), Sent a Letter (2008), Blue Book (2009), Dream Villa (2010), Dayanita Singh (2010) and House of Love (2011). Dream Villa was produced during her Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography given annually by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University; Singh was its second recipient in 2008.
Her works have been presented in exhibitions throughout the world, most recently at the German pavilion in the Venice Biennale and the "File Museum" at the Frith Street gallery in London. In 2009, the Fundación MAPFRE in Madrid organized a retrospective of her work, which subsequently travelled to Amsterdam, Bogota and Umea. Her pictures of “File Rooms” were first presented in the exhibition, “Illuminazione,” at the 2011 Venice Biennale.
She has collaborated with the publisher Gerhard Steidl in Goettingen, Germany to make a number of books, including the seven-volume Sent A Letter. This was included in the 2011 Phaidon Press book Defining contemporary art : 25 years in 200 pivotal artworks. Steidl said in a 2013 interview on Deutsche Welle television, "She is the genius of book making".
In 2008 Singh received a Prince Claus Award from the Dutch government, for "artistic and intellectual quality". Her works was shown at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014 and at the Hayward Gallery in 2013.