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Act of Faith
2007

Act of Faith

Pablo Bartholomew

ETHNIC VIOLENCE IN INDIA (India, 1990-1992)

Since India became independent in 1947, fighting has regularly flared up among the various religious and ethnic groups in its population. The lowest point in the ongoing conflict between Muslims and Hindus to date came in 1992. That was the year that about 150,000 Hindu fundamentalists destroyed the Babri Mosque in Ayodha, because they regarded the site on which it had been built to be the birthplace of one of their gods. That was followed in 1993 by a protest by the Sikh movement, seeking independence. A small demonstration caused by a shortage of drinking water and electricity in Punjab degenerated into an ethnic war that produced thousands of victims and cost the premier, Indra Gandhi, her life. Pablo Bartholomew documented the religious and ethnic violence in India. – The Sarbat Khalsa, near the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

  • ETHNIC VIOLENCE IN INDIA (India, 1990-1992)

    Since India became independent in 1947, fighting has regularly flared up among the various religious and ethnic groups in its population. The lowest point in the ongoing conflict between Muslims and Hindus to date came in 1992. That was the year that about 150,000 Hindu fundamentalists destroyed the Babri Mosque in Ayodha, because they regarded the site on which it had been built to be the birthplace of one of their gods. That was followed in 1993 by a protest by the Sikh movement, seeking independence. A small demonstration caused by a shortage of drinking water and electricity in Punjab degenerated into an ethnic war that produced thousands of victims and cost the premier, Indra Gandhi, her life. Pablo Bartholomew documented the religious and ethnic violence in India. – The Sarbat Khalsa, near the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

  • ETHNIC VIOLENCE IN INDIA (India, 1990-1992)

    A woman in the ruins of her house after violence in Seelampur in December, 1992.

  • ETHNIC VIOLENCE IN INDIA (India, 1990-1992)

    During the riots that followed the assassination of Indra Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards, the homes of Sikhs were looted and burned. Nearly two thousand innocent Sikhs were killed in these riots. Many members of the ruling Congress Party were involved in the riots, and many of the cases which grew out of the riots are still tied up in the Indian courts.

  • ETHNIC VIOLENCE IN INDIA (India, 1990-1992)

    On October 30, 1990, Hindu fundamentalists marched on the Babri Mosque, vowing to demolish it and build a temple to the Hindu god Ram on the site. Police intervention initially frustrated their plans, but on December 6, 1992, the mosque was destroyed.

Another Asia I
2006

Another Asia I

Pablo Bartholomew

EARLY WORK (1975-1982)

When he was fifteen Pablo Bartholomew, the son of intellectual immigrants from Pakistan and Burma, was expelled from school. His independent spirit drove him to the seamy side of New Delhi, which he recorded with a photo camera. At the age of 19 he won a prize at World Press Photo with a series on drug addiction. Attracted by the big city, in the early 1980s he moved to Mumbai. Although he earned his living on Bollywood film sets, he documented the city's street life in his free time. His blistering photographs in EARLY WORK (1975-1982) of eunuchs, pickpockets, opium addicts and prostitutes proved to be pioneering. Never before had India's raw street life been pictured so systematically. Since then such photo reportage has become commonplace in India.

  • EARLY WORK (1975-1982)

    When he was fifteen Pablo Bartholomew, the son of intellectual immigrants from Pakistan and Burma, was expelled from school. His independent spirit drove him to the seamy side of New Delhi, which he recorded with a photo camera. At the age of 19 he won a prize at World Press Photo with a series on drug addiction. Attracted by the big city, in the early 1980s he moved to Mumbai. Although he earned his living on Bollywood film sets, he documented the city's street life in his free time. His blistering photographs in EARLY WORK (1975-1982) of eunuchs, pickpockets, opium addicts and prostitutes proved to be pioneering. Never before had India's raw street life been pictured so systematically. Since then such photo reportage has become commonplace in India.

  • EARLY WORK (1975-1982)

  • EARLY WORK (1975-1982)

  • EARLY WORK (1975-1982)

  • EARLY WORK (1975-1982)

Biography

Pablo Bartholomew (b. 1955, India) won the World Press Photo Award in 1985 for his photograph of a child, victim of the poison gas disaster in the Indian city of Bhopal. A selection of his early work was to be seen in the Noorderlicht exhibition Another Asia (2006).

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Act of Faith

Act of Faith

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Another Asia

Another Asia

Price EUR 10,00