Chronicles of a Past Life – Bombay

Intrinsic to my growing up, Bombay offered me and thousands of others like me who arrived before and those who followed as economic refugees the opportunity to be cradled and mentored professionally. It gave friendship, food and shelter and the chance to be discovered, the chance to become someone.

Having escaped bureaucratic Delhi, leaving behind my troubled teenage life, I found acceptance in this city not for whose son I was but for my skills and talents and of what use they could be to others. This propelled me to try to find myself both economically and in my work.

I look back with warmth and gratitude at what the city offered me. It was with a grudging reluctance that I left the city in the mid ’80s; the death of my father and trouble brewing in the north of the country beckoned me as I entered the world of journalism. Unfortunately, this marked the end of the documentary phase of my work as I started to work as a journalist and had to turn to colour, abandoning the world of black and white.

The "Chronicles" are connected to "Outside In: A Tale of 3 Cities", my body of work that consisted of my inner world of friends and family. It roughly spans the same years—the ’70s and ’80s—but is more a manifestation of my outer world; my associations with the city and its people, known and unknown.

This exhibition is a way of paying my dues to this city and its people. Often I’d wander aimlessly through the streets hoping to discover its many parts, bit by bit, day by day, month by month, always amazed by the infinite visual joy in each discovery of this place that came to be called home.

Pablo Bartholomew
New Delhi - 31 January 2011


Related Exhibitions  "Outside In: 70's & 80's, a Tale of 3 Cities"    •    "A Critic's Eye"

Past Exhibitions

At Agkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia, Ecole Francaise d´Extreme–Orient
24 November to 16 December, 2012

At Photoink, New Delhi
17 January to 31 March, 2012

At Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai
19 February to 07 March, 2011

Group Shows

Select Works from "Chronicles of a Past Life – Bombay"

At the Energy Plus, Mumbai Pavilion, 9th Shanghai Biennale
02 October, 2012 to 31 March, 2013

At St. Moritz Art Masters 2014, Switzerland
22 - 31 August 2014

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G  a  l  l  e  r  y
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Gallery Display
V i d e o  -  A r t  T a l k
Art Talk - Pablo Bartholomew - Part I    Art Talk - Pablo Bartholomew - Part II
Part I                                    Part II
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Who’s afraid of Pablo Bartholomew?
Daily Post, Feb 16, 2013
In focus, the human being
Frontline, Feb 09-22, 2013
In Shanghai, a Burst of Masterworks
The New York Times, 10 Oct, 2012
Glimpses in Black & White
Deccan Herald, 14 Mar, 2012
Showcase: Familiar yet distant
The Hindu, 10 Mar, 2012
Mumbai - Chronicles of a past life
BBC News, 20 Feb, 2012
The Pablo Paradox
Antigafapasta, 19 Feb, 2012
HT, 11 Feb, 2012
Sahej aur Gahen shyam-shawet tasveerey
Jansatta, 10 Feb, 2012
Pablo Bartholomew Revisits Mumbai's Past
The New York Times, 07 Feb, 2012
City of angles
TimeOut, 02 Feb, 2012
First City, Feb, 2012
Bombay Meri Jaan
The Sunday Guardian, Jan 29, 2012
Pablo's long love for Mumbai shines through
The Sunday Guardian, Jan 22, 2012
Bombay in black and white from Pablo's lens
Mail Today, Jan 20, 2012
Smile, this is BOMBAY
Mid-Day, Jan 18, 2012
Mumbai, black and white
The Pioneer, Jan 17, 2012
Bombay that was…
The Hindu, Mar 12, 2011
Mumbai in the ‘70s and ‘80s
Citizens Report, Mar 09, 2011
When there were no hoardings, Mar, 2011
Black & white memories
verveonline, Mar, 2011
Chronicles of a past life, Mar, 2011
Two tones of past
ArtSlant, Mar, 2011
City of angles
TimeOut, Mar, 2011
Lensman Pablo Bartholomew
HT, Feb 26, 2011
A tribute to Mumbai
DNA, Feb 14, 2011
Bombay through Delhi eyes, Feb 11, 2011
L  i  n  k  s
Richard & Pablo Bartholomew
A Critic's Eye
Richard Bartholomew
The Art Critic
Richard Bartholomew
Richard & Pablo Bartholomew
At the Fishbar, 2011
Outside In
Pablo Bartholomew
"Outside In" in China
Pablo Bartholomew
"Outside In" in Australia
Pablo Bartholomew
Calcutta Diaries
Pablo Bartholomew
Fine Art TV
Pablo Bartholomew
Art Talk - Part I
Pablo Bartholomew
Art Talk - Part II
Pablo Bartholomew
Bhopal Gas Tragedy - 1984
Pablo Bartholomew
Morphine addict in India
Pablo Bartholomew
Pablo Bartholomew's media archive
Illustrated Bio
Pablo Bartholomew
The Naga Tribes of North East India
Pablo Bartholomew
Nagas in New York
Pablo Bartholomew