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The Hindu - Sebastian Cortes - 16 November, 2012
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by Harshini Vakkalanka

Photographer Sebastian Cortes’s recently launched coffee-table book Pondicherry is nostalgic, without being obvious….

Platform - Sebastian Cortes - 24 April 2012
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by Kuhu Kochar

A photographic journey through the beautiful city of Pondicherry, SEBASTIAN CORTES’ frames aren’t your usual clicks from the city….

Business Standard, Sebastian Cortes, 4 April 2015
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Business Standard

by Rahul Jacob

A photo series by Sebastian Cortes explores the glorious past and rich legacy of the Bohra Muslims of Sidhpur

Hindustan Times, Sebastian Cortes, 17 March 2015
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Hindustan Times

by Arundhati Chatterjee

Sidhpur used to be the centre of commerce, but with the passage of time, not much is left of its glorious past. We time travel through American lensman Sebastian Cortes’s visual exploration of the small town in Gujarat.

Deccan Chronicle - Sebastian Cortes - 10 November, 2012
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by Darshana Ramdev

“Entrez, entrez,” the old man’s voice floated out of the large, airy bungalow and into the courtyard, where a photographer named Sebastian Cortes was waiting, hoping to meet him….

Matters of art - Sebastian Cortes - 5 December, 2012
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by matters of art

Pondicherry is an extended photo essay, which has as its main focus the photographer’s perception and visual interpretation of the city Pondicherry….

Sebastian Cortes - The Pioneer 27 April, 2012
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by D Kaushik

Deciding to settle in India, was a sentimental choice for Sebastian Cortes and his wife….

Sunday Midday - Sebastian Cortes - 8 April, 2012
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by Kareena N Gianani

The most charming parts of Pondicherry don’t have to try too hard to be seen. Photographer Sebastian Cortes’ new book on the city shows you where the warmth is and where magic lies,….

Platform, Sebastian Cortes, September 2014
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Platform

by Sebastian Cortes

The Design Issue of Platform features Sebastian Cortes’ Sidhpur Time Present Time Past

The Sunday Guardian, Sebastian Cortes, 22 February 2015
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The Sunday Guardian feastures Sebastian Cortes’ Sidhpur: Time Present Time Past

Eat Stay Love, Sebastian Cortes, May 2015
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Eat Stay Love

by Rosalyn D’Mello

Photographer and writer Sebastian Cortés documents yet-existing ancient communities, which are under threat from modern influences, with some sort of religious zeal. His new work, the evocative and beautiful Sidhpur: Time Present Time Past takes us to a remote part of Gujarat, which is home to the prosperous Bohra Muslim community. Through a series of stunning photographs he captures the life and times of this elusive trading community. The carved and painted facades and the delightfully atmospheric interiors of their habitats; the way the past segues into the present through the shared narrative and histories of the inhabitants — it all comes alive in these photographic studies. Cortés, who is Italian by ancestry, was brought up in New York, moved to Milan for a few years, before finding home in the coastal town of Pondicherry on the east coast of India. In conversation with Rosalyn D’Mello.

Mint - Sebastian Cortes - 9 November 2012
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by Mint

Photographer Sebastian Cortes’ show in Bangalore is an extended photo essay, in which the main focus is his “journey into the metaphorical and anthropological folds of Puducherry”….

Artinfo - Sebastian Cortes - 8 May 2012
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by Array

The French may have exited the coastal town of Pondicherry decades ago, but they certainly left their legacy behind….

Sebastian Cortes - The Asian Age 23 April, 2012
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by Alka Raghuvanshi

Puducherry. The name conjures up some beautiful memories of the charming seaside town in Tamil Nadu. Strolling on the beach, eating in the old world bistro….

The Asian Age - Sebastian Cortes, 7 May, 2012
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by Alka Raghuvanshi

Puducherry. The name conjures up some beautiful memories of the charming seaside town in Tamil Nadu. Strolling on the beach,…

Sebastian Cortes - The Hindu - 29 April, 2012
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by Madhur Tankha

Internationally acclaimed photographer Sebastian Cortes, who has made Puducherry his home for nearly a decade, is showcasing 40 photographs of his adopted home at three-week-long…. 

Going Places, Portraits of Pondicherry, Sebastian Cortes, June 2013
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by Sebastian Cortes

In his new book ‘Portraits of Pondicherry’, Sebastian Cortes explores the many faces and contours of the southern Indian city, recently featured in the Oscar-winning film ‘Life of Pi’….

Times of India - Sebastian Cortes - 9 November, 2012
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by Richa Bhatia

There are no touristy postcard-style images of sunlight gleaming in sprawling homes in this waterfront city of Pondicherry that has inspired many a photographer…..

Times of India - Sebastian Cortes - 4 February 2012
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by Nandini Sen Gupta

It’s common to look for challenge in the far-away and exotic….

Bangalore Mirror - Sebastian Cortes - 12 November, 2012
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by Jayanthi Madhukar

It is with interest that one awaits the upcoming show at Tasveer that showcases Pondicherry  through the eyes of a native who happens to be an American….

Conde Nast Traveller - Sebastian Cortes-12 April 12
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by Conde Nast Traveller

The exhibition titled Pondicherry by Sebastian Cortés is an extended photo essay based on the New York-bred photographer’s perspective of the once French coastal colony in South India….

The Indian Quarterly, Sebastian Cortes, July 2014
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The Indian Quarterly

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The Bohras who built Sidhpur may have moved on, but Sebastian Cortes reads their dreams in the homes they have left behind.

New Indian Express - Sebastian Cortes 9 November, 2012
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by Shefali Rao

Think of erstwhile Pondicherry (now Puducherry) and most people think of a lazy weekend away from the city, amidst the beach and good food….

Verve, Sebastian Cortes, 13 April 2015
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Verve

by Huzan Tata

In Sidhpur: Time Present Time Past, ace lensman Sebastian Cortés brilliantly captures on camera the grand homes – and past glories – of the Bohra community

The Indian Express, Sebastian Cortes, 26 February 2015
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The Indian Express

by Debesh Banerjee

In his latest project, Pondicherry-based photographer Sebastian Cortes turns his lens to the reclusive Bohra community in Sidhpur, Gujarat, to explore their living spaces which are a symbol of a bygone era. Sidhpur, in Patan district of Gujarat, is located at the meeting point of the Ganga and Saraswati rivers. It is home to Dawoodi Bohras, who are believed to have come from Yemen. In an exhibition, titled “Sidhpur: Time Past Time Present”, organized by Tasveer at Exhibit 320, Cortes displays 45 photographs that give an insight into the architectural influences of these spaces, which range from Persian and Hindu to European and Islamic designs. The works were produced in little over a month in 2012. Debesh Banerjee interviews Sebastian Cortes…

The Telegraph, Sebastian Cortes, 8 January 2015
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The Telegraph

by Soumitra Das

Soumitra Das writes on Sebastian Cortes’ exhibition, Sidhpur: Time Present Time Past

Gulf News, Sebastian Cortes, 15 May 2015
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Gulf News

by Nilima Pathak

Photographer Sebastian Cortés captures the lingering vintage and architectural symbology in the homes of Sidhpur’s Bohra community

Elle Decor - Sebastian Cortes, JUNE JULY-2012
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by Sonal Shah

Sebastian Cortes is the latest to succumb to the lure of Pondicherry, now known as Puducherry. His 152 page, coffee table edition is a compilation of photos…. 

Goa Photo Tumblr Page, Sebastian Cortes, 4th January 2015
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Goa Photo Tumblr

by Goa Photo

Goa Photo interviews Sebastian Cortes on the eve of his exhibiting at their festival

Times Of India - Sebastian Cortes - 7 May,2012
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Demolished buildings, plies of bricks, an odd tree and colonial style homes arranged in artistic shapes are the symbols of new age “land art” for a hand full of contemporary…

Sebastian Cortes - Deccan Herald - 1 May, 2012
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by Raghav Jaitly

Though he took up photography at New York University in 1980 and pursued Fashion Photography for almost 2 decades in Milan….

The Daily Pao, Sebastian Cortes, 24 March 2015
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The Daily Pao

by Pronoti Datta

Pronoti Datta takes a look at the Bohri Manors of Sidhpur…

Sebastian Cortes - Pioneer - 28 April, 2012
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by D Kaushik

Stories framed in silence – SEBASTIAN CORTES found mysticism and history in Pondicherry. The photographer shares stories with D Kaushik about the place and its people,….

TimeOut Bengaluru - Sebastian Cortes - November 23 - December - 6, 2012
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by Pratima Chabbi

Photographer Sebastian Cortes devoted four years to Pondicherry. The resultant series of pictures, an examination of contemporary life in the town on the country’s eastern shores,….

Deccan Herald - Sebastian Cortes - 10 December, 2012
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by Marta Jakimowicz

The ‘Pondicherry’ photographs by Sebastian Cortes at Tasveer (November 10 to 30) offered a charmingly classic and sensitive insight into the unique character and atmosphere of the place….

The Asian Age, Sebastian Cortes, 22 March 2015
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The Asian Age

by Somudra Banerjee

American photographer, Sebastian Cortés’ latest work is study of a lesser known Bohra Islamic community. Through his photographs the lensman asks his viewers to look inside the domestic spaces.

Verve - Sebastian Cortes - 12 April 2012
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by Nasrin Modak

For over seven years, photographer Sebastian Cortes has been living with his family in Auroville….

The Hindu - Sebastian Cortes - 6 November, 2012
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The Hindu

by Harshini Vakkalanka

For all those who have been to Puducherry (Pondicherry) at some point in their lives, whether they have passed through it,….

Sunday Guardian - Sebastian Cortes - 13 May 2012
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by Sunday Guardian

As an extended photo essay, Pondicherry, published by Roli Books, takes a look beyond the obvious tourist attractions such as pristine beaches, Auroville and the Botanical Garden of Puducherry (means New Village)….

Sebastian Cortes - The Leela Magazine - Summer 2012
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The Leela Magazine

by The Leela Magazine

Seven years ago, Sebastia Cortes moved to Auroville in Pondicherry from Milan, where he worked as a lifestyle and fashion photographer and had a studio….

Melange, The Hindu, Sebastian Cortes, January 9th 2016
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The Hindu

by Deepa Alexander

Art photographer Sebastian Cortes talks to Deepa Alexander about capturing the enduring memories and the grand houses of the Bohras of Sidhpur.

Deccan Herald, Sebastian Cortes, 5 March 2015
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Deccan Herald

by Azaan Javaid

An exhibition of photographs by Sebastian Cortés provides viewers with a rare insight into the lives of the Bohra Islamic community of Sidhpur in Gujarat.

Bangalore Mirror - Sebastian Cortes - 12 August 2014
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Bangalore Mirror

by Jayanthi Madhukar

Photographer Sebastian Cortes chronicles how time has stood still in Sidhpur, a historical town in Gujarat…

Elle Decor, Sebastian Cortes, October-November 2014
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Elle Decor

by Sneha Ullal Goel

From the Tasveer collection: Photographer Sebastian Cortes traipses through a time honoured Sidhpur villa that mirrors the layered cultural make-up of Gujarat’s elusive Bohra community…

Sebastian Cortes - The Hindu 20 May, 2012
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The Hindu

by Vikram Kapur

Sebastian Cortes and I are squatting on a marble step in the french ambassador’s residence in New Delhi….