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Biography

Pamela Singh studied at the Parson School of Design and the International Center for Photography in New York City. The artist first came into the field of photography as a technician, working in a darkroom from the age of thirteen. Only in her twenties did she actually begin using the camera professionally, as a photojournalist. She worked in India, Southeast Asia, Latin America,  and East and Central Africa reporting on civil wars and social issues.  Her early work was included in India: A Celebration of Independence 1947-1997, organized with an essay by Victor Anant and published by Aperture.  The exhibit was shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and travelled worldwide.  Her work also appeared in a group show titled Black and White: What has Independence Meant for Women? sponsored by the Ford Foundation which travelled throughout India.


The artist's work took a more personal and decidedly spiritual turn in the late 1990s when she began a two-year project photographing the Hindu and Buddhist temple interiors at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.  By meditating before taking each photograph and including glimpses of herself in these views, Singh began injecting both her physical and spiritual presence into the photographs of the site.  The series overlaps conceptually and in time with her Tantric Self-Portraits.  These mixed-media pieces were shown in a solo exhibition and received positive reviews from The New York Times and The New Yorker. They are in the permanent collections of The Art Complex Museum of Duxbury, The Daimler Contemporary in Germany, University of North Carolina, Auckland Museum of Art, and most recently in the Royal Ontario Art Museum in 2012 and the Smithsonian in 2013.  She has shown with many galleries such as Nature Morte, The Whitechapel Gallery, SepiaEye, NY, and Fotomuseum Winterthur. Her work has also been published in newspapers and magazines such as The Independent of London, The Sunday Times, Marie Claire, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Paris Match, and Photo.  In all of these works, the artist establishes contact with her inner self and provides insight into a spiritual tradition encompassing universal aspects that may resonate with many viewers.