Tannery workers, Chinatown, 1978

In pictures: Calcutta in the 1970s

Tannery workers, Chinatown, 1978 by Paolo Bartholomew

Chinese residents of Tangra, 1978

In pictures: Calcutta in the 1970s

Chinese residents of Tangra, Calcutta 1978

Christmas dance, Chinatown, 1978

In pictures: Calcutta in the 1970s

Photographer Pablo Bartholomew's pictures of Calcutta in the

Tangra kitchen

In pictures: Calcutta in the 1970s

Bartholomew also took pictures of the city's Chinese community which ran a thriving business in tanneries and restaurants. This photo shows the kitchen of a Chinese restaurant in the Tangra area in

Beggar with dog

In pictures: Calcutta in the 1970s

Bartholomew took this picture in 1978 of a homeless woman living on a Calcutta street, surrounded by dogs. A large number of homeless people continue to live on the streets of the city.

A mosque in a slum

In pictures: Calcutta in the 1970s

His journeys often took him to the slums of the city. This photo shows a mosque located in a dense slum area.

Calcutta bar, 1978

In pictures: Calcutta in the 1970s

In pictures: Calcutta in the - BBC News

Satyajit Ray at a Calcutta studio

In pictures: Calcutta in the 1970s

Calcutta tram, 1978

In pictures: Calcutta in the 1970s

Trams still remain an integral part of Calcutta's landscape. Some 170 tramcars operate today, down from 275 cars in the early

Calcutta building, 1978

In pictures: Calcutta in the 1970s

Pablo Bartholomew - Dilapidated building on BBG street, Calcutta, circa 1978


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Written by a young Chinese writer - Hong Yu. She traces the people of Tangra and Chinatown in Calcutta (Kolkata) after seeing my exhibition, The Calcutta Diaries in Mumbai. Tracing the people alive, the new generation and the past history... this is a facinating  read. Hit the translate button to get the bad machine translation into English!!

Written by a young Chinese writer - Hong Yu. She traces the people of Tangra and Chinatown in Calcutta (Kolkata) after seeing my exhibition, The Calcutta Diaries in Mumbai. Tracing the people alive, the new generation and the past history... this is a facinating read. Hit the translate button to get the bad machine translation into English!!

Hindustan Times, Mumbai, April 03, 2014  - Photographer Pablo Bartholomew’s last show in the city in 2011 — Chronicles of a Past Life — was about Mumbai of the '70s and '80s. This time, he looks at Kolkata of the same period.

Hindustan Times, Mumbai, April 2014 - Photographer Pablo Bartholomew’s last show in the city in 2011 — Chronicles of a Past Life — was about Mumbai of the and This time, he looks at Kolkata of the same period.

Art Slant on the CALCUTTA DIARIES. Last Day of the show, 02 May, 2014

The Calcutta Diaries Pablo Bartholomew Sakshi Gallery (Mumbai)

From my last exhibition "Calcutta Diaries" - A photo story in Frontline Magazine. The online version doesn't look so good but is a good read by writer Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta

Pablo Bartholomew’s photographs in the recent exhibition in New Delhi, The Calcutta Diaries, create an imagination of a city living its history and its present simultaneously. By AJOY ASHIRWAD MAHAPRASHASTA

‘The Calcutta Diaries’ comprises his early work, quite intense and personal, just like his other series which was done between 1972 and 1982.     Lyrical and poetic, it is like a languid essay attempting to show diverse sides of the city. From street shots to the film sets of Satyajit Ray, from Chinese working class migrants to intimate photographs of his grandmother, the photographs are as much about Pablo’s exploration of his life as they are about the metropolis.

‘The Calcutta Diaries’ comprises his early work, quite intense and personal, just like his other series which was done between 1972 and 1982. Lyrical and poetic, it is like a languid essay attempting to show diverse sides of the city. From street shots to the film sets of Satyajit Ray, from Chinese working class migrants to intimate photographs of his grandmother, the photographs are as much about Pablo’s exploration of his life as they are about the metropolis.

Revisiting the Past Indian Express, Bombay Written by Kevin Lobo | April 14, 2014

Revisiting the Past Indian Express, Bombay Written by Kevin Lobo

The Calcutta Diaries - Available on the Invisible Photographer Asia, website.

THE CALCUTTA DIARIES, Pablo Bartholomew (India) “It was during the time when I went to work with the filmmaker Satyajit Ray on the sets of Shatranj Ke Khilari (

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Pablo Bartholomew excavates atmospheric photos of Kolkata Scroll.in Photographer Pablo Bartholomew's photographic tribute to his grandmother, the fast- disappearing Chinese community and the streets of Kolkata.

In Deccan Herald:  Ranjan Das Gupta talks to Pablo Bartholomew who is known for his zest, passion and interest in photography. An acclaimed still photographer, he has transcended the barriers of traditional photography and proved his worth with his works, following the motto that photography has a language different to that of painting. He does not mince words and speaks straight from his heart, amazingly simplifying complicated issues.

In Deccan Herald: Ranjan Das Gupta talks to Pablo Bartholomew who is known for his zest, passion and interest in photography. An acclaimed still photographer, he has transcended the barriers of traditional photography and proved his worth with his works, following the motto that photography has a language different to that of painting. He does not mince words and speaks straight from his heart, amazingly simplifying complicated issues.

"My grandmother in her Short Street home, Calcutta, c.1978."  On the Emaho website, a slide show from the exhibition "Calcutta Diaries" and interview with Rahaab Allana which is also ran in the catalog of this show.

"My grandmother in her Short Street home, Calcutta, On the Emaho website, a slide show from the exhibition "Calcutta Diaries" and interview with Rahaab Allana which is also ran in the catalog of this show.

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