Pablo Bartholomew

Pablo Bartholomew

Pablo Bartholomew (born 1955) is an award-winning Indian photojournalist and an independent photographer based in New Delhi, India. He is noted for his photography, as an educator running photography workshops, and as manager of a software company specializing in photo database solutions and server-based digital archiving systems like Net photograph.

He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013.

Early life

Bartholomew was born on December 18, 1955 in New Delhi, India. Influenced by his father, Richard Bartholomew (1926–1985), an art critic and photographer, Bartholomew learned his first photography lessons at home. In his early teens he photographed in the documentary tradition, producing images of family, friends, and cities.

Photography career

Represented by Gamma Liaison for over 20 years, he worked as a photojournalist recording societies in conflict and transition. His works have been published in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Business Week, National Geographic, GEO, and other magazines and journals.

He has held a number of fellowships, including one from the Asian Cultural Council, New York (1987), to photograph Indian immigrants in the USA, and one from the Institute of Comparative Studies in Human Culture, Norway (1995), to photograph the Naga tribes in India. Between 2001 and 2003 he ran a photography workshop for emerging photographers in India with the support of the World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam. Among his photo essays are “The Chinese in Calcutta,” “The Indians in America,” and “The Naga Tribes of Northeast India”.


In 1975 Bartholomew won the World Press Photo award for his series on morphine addicts in India, and in 1984 he won the World Press Photo of the Year for the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

Photo Exhibitions and shows

Bartholomew’s work has been widely exhibited in galleries in India and museums internationally. His earliest solo exhibitions, in New Delhi in 1980 and Bombay in 1981, dealt with the marginal worlds he inhabited at that time. In 2005 he exhibited at Month of Photography in Tokyo. In 2007 he exhibited at the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival in France, and Newark Museum’s Indian Photography and Video Festival.

His exhibition “Outside In! A Tale of Three Cities: 70s and 80s” is a visual diary of his teenage work. The show debuted at the Rencontres d’Arles in July 2007, before traveling to the National Museum, New Delhi in January – February 2008, the Mumbai National Gallery of Modern Art in March 2008, and Bodhi Art in New York from 9 May to 14 June 2008.

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