New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Pablo Bartholomew is a self-taught, three-time World Press Award-winning documentary photographer. He is the recipient of the Padma Shri in 2013 and was bestowed the Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres on behalf of the French Republic in 2014.
He abandoned his schooling in the 9th class and took up the camera. In his early teens he photographed family, friends, people, and cities. At age 19, the World Press Photo awarded him the first prize for his series on morphine addicts. His first solo exhibitions at Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi (1979) and Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay (1980) featured work that captured the marginal, fringe worlds in which he lived.
In 1984, he won the World Press Photo “Picture of the Year” award for his iconic image of the dead, half-buried body of a child victim of the disastrous Bhopal Gas Tragedy.
Represented by Gamma Liaison, for over 20 years he worked as a photojournalist, recording societies in conflict and transition. His photographs were published in magazines and journals across the world, including New York Times, Time, Life, Newsweek, Business Week, National Geographic, Geo, Der Spiegel, Figaro Magazine, Paris Match, Telegraph, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Guardian, and Observer Magazine.
Pablo began to unearth his archive of photographs from his teenage years, which culminated three widely shown exhibitions, Outside In—A Tale of 3 Cities (2007), Bombay: Chronicles of a Past Life (2011) and The Calcutta Diaries (2012).
Based in New Delhi, Bartholomew now works as an independent photographer. His current project is a continuation of a series begun in 1987 documenting Indian émigrés in the US. Since 2009 he has photographed Indians in France, Mauritius, and in Leicester in the UK & Portugal. And more recently looking at his roots in Burma (Myanmar) amongst the Mon people the and in Bangladesh, people of the Chakma tribe.
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