Pablo Bartholomew

independent photographer, India

Pablo Bartholomew (New Delhi, India, 1955) is an independent photographer based in India. He learned photography from his father, the art critic and photographer Richard Bartholomew (1926-1985).

At a very young age, Bartholomew began to work as a photojournalist, winning his first World Press Photo award in 1976 for a series on morphine addicts, which he made when he was only 20 years old. To finance his documentary photo projects, he worked as a stills photographer in the film studios of Mumbai (Bombay) and Calcutta, in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1983, Bartholomew joined Gamma Liaison, which represented him for nearly 20 years.

As a photojournalist, he photographed societies in conflict and transition. His work was published in such international magazines as New York Times, Newsweek, Time, and National Geographic. Between 2001 and 2003, he was involved as a tutor in seminars for emerging photojournalists, organized by World Press Photo in India. In 2013, Pablo Bartholomew was awarded the highly prestigious Padma Shri by the Indian government.

World Press Photo involvement