The Hasselblad Basis at present introduced New Delhi–based mostly photographer Dayanita Singh because the winner of its 2022 Hasselblad Prize. This yr’s iteration of the distinguished award contains two million Swedish krona (roughly $206,500), twice the quantity sometimes connected to the prize. Singh, the primary artist of South Asian descent to win the distinction, gained renown for her black-and-white images of individuals and architectures, which she usually compiles in “ebook objects” or shows in uncommon codecs, together with foldable teak frames, termed “cellular museums” by the artist.
“By way of her intensive photographic oeuvre Dayanita Singh has paved new methods for partaking with pictures,” the Hasselblad Basis stated. “From a humanist method to portraiture to a constant curiosity within the archive, her wide-spanning pictures is innovatively offered in books and installations.”
Singh started her engagement with different strategies of show within the Nineteen Eighties after photographing tabla participant Zakir Hussain, who invited her to shoot him at rehearsal after she was shoved by a safety guard whereas photographing him at a live performance. The encounter led to her first ebook, titled after the musician. Having labored for over a decade as a photojournalist, Singh has an abiding curiosity in letting pictures converse for themselves, and within the poetic and narrative prospects that attend the enhancing, sequencing, and re-sequencing of images.
The Hasselblad Prize is taken into account one of many world’s prime pictures awards. Earlier winners embody Nan Goldin, Graciela Iturbide, Walid Raad, Cindy Sherman, and Wolfgang Tillmans.
“To have this award in addition to be within the esteemed firm of earlier awardees is past my creativeness,” stated Singh. I settle for this award on behalf of my ebook objects and cellular museums.”
A survey of Singh’s work opens March 18 at Berlin’s Gropius Bau, the place it’s on view by August 7.