Memories of Pablo Neruda, well loved in India and Nobel Laureate in 1971, came alive in Kolkata and New Delhi with an exhibition by Chilean photographer Luis Poirot. He met the writer, diplomat and politician in 1969.

The exhibition titled “Neruda: Absence and Presence” had evocative images of Neruda, his possessions, and his surroundings, providing a dramatic, yet intimate narrative alongside his poetry.

Neruda´s house in Isla Negra, facing the Pacific Ocean, is where most of Poirot’s photographs were taken, therefore providing a unique perspective to the manner in which Neruda imbued his house, and all it contained, with his own vitality, style, and expansive imagination.