Richard Bartholomew: A Critic’s Eye
Published in 2010 by Chatterjee & Lal, PHOTOINK and Sepia International, Richard Bartholomew: A Critic’s Eye is a photobook consisting of photographs by renowned art critic Richard Bartholomew. The photographs were curated from an archive of over 17,000 negatives by his son, photographer Pablo Bartholomew. An eponymous exhibition of these images was first held at Sepia International, New York, USA in 2008, following which it travelled to PHOTOINK, New Delhi in 2009 and finally Chatterjee & Lal, Mumbai in 2010, where the book was released simultaneously.
The book consists primarily of portraits of the artists and painters Bartholomew collaborated and engaged with during his career as a prominent critic of modernist art in post-independence India. This included painters such as Ram Kumar, FN Souza and MF Husain, whom he photographed both in India as well as abroad. The candid and predominantly unstaged black and white images reflect the close personal bonds he had with many of these artists. Apart from the portraits, the book contains photographs of his home and his family, including his wife Rati – a theatre activist and teacher – as well as his sons Pablo and Robin.
The book, which also features an essay by writer Aveek Sen, was designed by Letterpress Design Studio.
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