Padmashree Pablo Bartholomew

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Pablo Bartholomew was born in the Fifties and made his reputation in the Seventies. The son of art critic and curator Richard Bartholomew and Rati, a teacher of theatre, in 1984, he won the World Press Photo ‘Picture of the Year’ award for his iconic photograph from the Bhopal gas tragedy. His black and white photographs, made among friends and strangers, are typically shot under dim light, and is stamped with the restive spirit of the times. The exhibition, Outside In, A Tale of 3 Cities… the 70s & 80s showcased at the Photoink gallery, Delhi, is a hang of his favourite themes. It is also a homage to Bartholomew’s 2013 Padmashree award, the first photographer born in post-Independent India to win the Padma award. (Photo courtesy: Photoink)Text by Paramita Ghosh

Pablo Bartholomew was born in the Fifties and made his reputation in the Seventies. The son of art critic and curator Richard Bartholomew and Rati, a teacher of theatre, in 1984, he won the World Press Photo ‘Picture of the Year’ award for his iconic photograph from the Bhopal gas tragedy. His black and white photographs, made among friends and strangers, are typically shot under dim light, and is stamped with the restive spirit of the times. The exhibition, Outside In, A Tale of 3 Cities… the 70s & 80s showcased at the Photoink gallery, Delhi, is a hang of his favourite themes. It is also a homage to Bartholomew’s 2013 Padmashree award, the first photographer born in post-Independent India to win the Padma award. (Photo courtesy: Photoink)Text by Paramita Ghosh

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Artist statement: “In the period from the early 1970s to the 80s, my teenage years really were a time of growing up. Changes within me and changes around me took me on journeys within myself and around me. In the streets and within the homes of people that I knew in the three cities I lived and photographed in, often drifting aimlessly with a camera. These cities too were at a turning point in their lives, where the old world still survived amid shifting, emerging new worlds. By the late 70’s I was feeling the need for a bigger city, I took to the road, moving away from my hometown, Delhi, then a bureaucratic dump, to seek my fortune. The big city then known as Bombay attracted me, offered me opportunities in advertising and the film industry.” (Photo courtesy: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink)

Artist statement: “In the period from the early 1970s to the 80s, my teenage years really were a time of growing up. Changes within me and changes around me took me on journeys within myself and around me. In the streets and within the homes of people that I knew in the three cities I lived and photographed in, often drifting aimlessly with a camera. These cities too were at a turning point in their lives, where the old world still survived amid shifting, emerging new worlds. By the late 70’s I was feeling the need for a bigger city, I took to the road, moving away from my hometown, Delhi, then a bureaucratic dump, to seek my fortune. The big city then known as Bombay attracted me, offered me opportunities in advertising and the film industry.” (Photo courtesy: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink)

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Pooh in bed. Pablo’s pictures convey a sense of intimacy with his subjects. His camera never looks on with a detached eye. (Photo courtesy: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink)

Pooh in bed. Pablo’s pictures convey a sense of intimacy with his subjects. His camera never looks on with a detached eye. (Photo courtesy: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink)

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Pablo’s picture of his parents. Between the 50s and the early 80s, Richard Bartholomew wrote about art often challenging institutions such as the Lalit Kala Akademi and the NGMA, Delhi, about established notions about the role of the state in promoting culture. Pablo’s mother, Rati Bartholomew, is a founder member of Yatrik, one of Delhi’s oldest theatre groups. (Photo courtesy: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink)

Pablo’s picture of his parents. Between the 50s and the early 80s, Richard Bartholomew wrote about art often challenging institutions such as the Lalit Kala Akademi and the NGMA, Delhi, about established notions about the role of the state in promoting culture. Pablo’s mother, Rati Bartholomew, is a founder member of Yatrik, one of Delhi’s oldest theatre groups. (Photo courtesy: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink)

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It’s a Pablo Bartholomew photo when the light in the photo is as dark as a photographer’s dark-room. (Photo courtesy: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink)

It’s a Pablo Bartholomew photo when the light in the photo is as dark as a photographer’s dark-room. (Photo courtesy: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink)

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Photographs that capture a sense of absence – a car at Nariman Point after it has been dismembered, empty streets wrapped in silence, a ship diner after dinner is over. (Photo courtesy: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink)

Photographs that capture a sense of absence – a car at Nariman Point after it has been dismembered, empty streets wrapped in silence, a ship diner after dinner is over. (Photo courtesy: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink)

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