Sea of files

File Room Dayanita Singh (cover)How do you convey to non-South Asianists what a High Court records room in India looks like? Photography isn’t allowed in the Bombay High Court, where I’ve done research over the past decade. And words alone never did it.

I’m thrilled to have discovered the work of photographer Dayanita Singh, and am now the proud new owner of File Room (2013).This book of images captures the full overwhelming sight of court records–forests of paper and seas of files, to use Singh’s words–that seem impossibly chaotic to the outside observer but that contain their own order to the people who work there.

Welcome to our world!