A photograph is a moment frozen in time. And when captured by someone as gifted as the ace lensman Pablo Bartholomew, the moment becomes all the more unique. As he completed 60 years of his life, he celebrated the people who inspired him in 60/60 – an exhibit of 60 gorgeous portraits.
Unguarded, candid, fascinating – these seem to be the defining characteristics of Pablo Bartholomew’s portraits. A celebrated photojournalist, Pablo Bartholomew has documented societies in transition for the last 20 years. A three-time World Press Photo Award winner, he is known for his unforgettable photograph from the Bhopal Tragedy.
However, the photographs at the 60/60 display are different – a testimony to his friends and people from the arts who he encountered while establishing himself in his early years. He calls this his “last resurrection,” and the ladies and men he photographed make up “an important cultural grid of the nation looking back three decades.”
As one looks at the photographs in the exhibit, the intimacy comes across as striking, and the subjects of the photographs, all famous personalities, suddenly seem approachable. The collection is refreshing in the time of digitally altered photographs and retain their old-world charm, with a huge dose of nostalgia.