Photography

Shades of three cities

Print edition : September 06, 2013

A bird in my room, Bombay, 1979. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Churning sea, Bombay, 1979 . Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

The C Power Station, Ring Road, New Delhi, 1977. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

A black and yellow taxi in Bombay, 1974. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Two girls on a Bombay Street, 1978. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Building, Bombay, 1978. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

My bathoom shelf, New Delhi, 1974. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Katey and Naseer, Bombay, 1977. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Rubber gloves hanging in my verandah, New Delhi, 1978. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

A kitchen, New Delhi, 1974. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Boatmen with horse, Bombay, 1979. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Medha knitting, Delhi, 1974. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Pooh in bed, Bombay, 1975. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Receptionist at OBM office, 1977, Calcutta. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Hanging out with the Maharani Bagh gang, New Delhi, 1976. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Nommie dancing at a party at Koko's, New Delhi, 1975. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Yusuf, New Delhi, 1973. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Band playing at the St. Stephen's College winter festival, 1974. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Chander with guitar, Delhi, 1975. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Somewhere on the Bombay-Poona highway, 1974. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Fan and glass, Bombay, 1979. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Nizamuddin gang hanging out at Ruhan's pad, New Delhi, 1978. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Nariman Point, Bombay, 1978. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Sunder with Pablo Jr, Calcutta, 1978. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Hanging out at Sunder and Ammu's with Poli, Sheena, Jai and the kids, Calcutta, 1976. Photo: PPablo Bartholomew/Photoink

Set in the 1970s and 1980s, Pablo Bartholomew’s pictures of Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta trigger an unsettling experience of simultaneous joy and sorrow.

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