A chronicler of inner lives, Pablo Bartholomew captures fragmented existence of communities and those on the fringes of society. His photographs begin as a document, but evolve into entities of their own, often twisting the conventional perceptions of reality.
Often shooting in natural light, the tonality of Bartholomew’s work is soft, as shades gradually erode into one another, consciously producing hazy forms. But his content speaks of harsher realities - documenting lives of the marginalized and capturing the unspoken struggles of his subjects. Bartholomew’s works oscillate between the social, the personal, the mundane, and the existential, often integrating each realm into a composite remnant of history. Also, each image is personal, infused with a memory of the artist.
Born in 1955, Bartholomew learned photography from his father, the art critic, poet, painter, and photographer, Richard Bartholomew (1926 – 1985). At a young age, Bartholomew began working as a photojournalist, winning his first World Press Photo Award in 1976. He then worked as a stills photographer in the film studios of Mumbai and Calcutta in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1983, he joined Gamma Liaison. As a photojournalist, he documented societies in conflict and transition, publishing his work in international publications such as New York Times, Newsweek, Time, and National Geographic. In 2013, he was honoured by the Government of India with one of the highest civilian awards, the Padma Shri. He is also a recipient of the ‘Ordre des Arts des Lettres’ from France in 2014. Over the years, Bartholomew’s works have been exhibited around the world including, London, New York, Berlin, St. Moritz, Dhaka, Sydney, Georgetown Penang and Changsha. He lives in New Delhi.