Myself Mona Ahmed

A mix of photobook, biography, autobiography and fiction, Myself Mona Ahmed (Scalo, 2001) keeps renewing its importance in Dayanita Singh’s oeuvre because of the direction in which her work is evolving. It was a photojournalistic project that brought the eunuch, Mona Ahmed, into Dayanita’s life. But it was Mona’s own refusal to be the subject of such a project that pushed Dayanita into producing, eventually, a ‘visual novel’. Her book uses various kinds of text alongside the photographs to weave together photography and literature in the unfolding of a life, which is much more the story of an inward journey and a relationship than the documentary account of a different social reality and sexual identity.

176 pages
20.3 x 17.8 x 1.7 cm
Hardcover
Scalo Publishers
ISBN 10: 3908247462
ISBN 13: 978-3908247463
Publication date: 2001

Myself Mona Ahmed - Dayanita Singh
Myself Mona Ahmed - Dayanita Singh
Myself Mona Ahmed - Dayanita Singh
Myself Mona Ahmed - Dayanita Singh
Myself Mona Ahmed - Dayanita Singh
Myself Mona Ahmed - Dayanita Singh
Myself Mona Ahmed - Dayanita Singh

REVIEWS

It's her story - The Hindu, Feb 3 2002

From Eunuch To ‘Unique’: This Photo Story On Mona Ahmed Is Incredibly Poignant - Neville Bhandara, Homegrown.in, Sept 2 2015

BOOK TEXT

I met Mona very early in my career, in 1989 on a routine assignment on eunuchs in India, commissioned by the London Times. For me, this was a way to establish my credentials as a photojournalist, to show that I was on par with the boys in my male-dominated profession. When you work for the media, which tend to see India only as either exotic or disastrous, a story on eunuchs is a must, along with a story on prostitution, child labor, dowry deaths, and child marriage.