Jury for MFI Yesbank National Press Photo Contest 2013


Pablo Bartholomew

Influenced greatly by his father, Pablo Bartholomew is a self- taught photographer who learnt his first photography lessons at home.

In his early teens he photographed in the documentary tradition-family, friends, people and cities around him. At the age of 19, he was awarded the first prize for his series on morphine addicts, by World Press Photo in 1975.

Represented by Gamma Liaison for over 20 years, he worked as a photojournalist recording societies in conflict and transition. Published in every major magazine and journal in the world, he was awarded the World Press Photo, Picture of the Year, for an image of a dead body of a child, a victim of the disastrous Bhopal Gas Tragedy in 1984.

He won the World Press Photo award for his series Morphine Addicts in India (1975) and the World Press Picture of the Year for the Bhopal Gas Tragedy (1984). He has taken part in several international exhibitions & published in New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Business Week, National Geographic and Geo amongst other prestigious magazines and journals.

Between 2001 and 2003 as a time to give back to the younger generation of photographers in India, he ran workshops with the support of the World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam.

With strong belief in the exhibition space, he has widely shown in galleries in India, photography festivals and museums internationally. Recent shows include Noorderlicht Photo Festival “Another Asia”, Netherlands,2006; ChobiMela, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2006; Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia 2006; Month of Photography, Tokyo, Japan 2007; Recontres d'Arles, Festival of photography, Arles, France, 2007; Private Spaces Public Places, Newark Museum, USA, 2007 & Noorderlicht Photo Festival “Act of Faith”, Netherlands 2007.

His first one person exhibitions in New Delhi in 1980 and in Bombay in 1981, dealt with themes of the fringe and the marginal worlds that he then lived and traversed in and shown at the Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi and at the Jehangir Art gallery, Bombay

His recent exhibition, OUTSIDE IN! 70’s & 80’s A TALE OF 3 CITIES… a visual diary of his teenage work, has shown at the Rencontres d’Arles, July 2007, At the National Museum, New Delhi, January 2008 and at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, March 2008. Bodhi Art in New York May 08 -14th June 2008. And at Bodhi Berlin in March 2009 in conjunction with the Berlinale. This concluded in Kolkata in 2010 as a joint show the Harrington Street Art Centre with his fathers photographs “A Critics’ Eye”.
Saurabh Das

Saurabh Das was born in 1972 in West Bengal India. After obtaining major in English language he started working as a photojournalist for The Asian Age in 1994. Since 1996 he has worked for AP based out of New Delhi, Lagos and back again in New Delhi where he is presently based.

Amongst his many assignments he has covered wars and war like situations in Kargil, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, Iraq and Afghanistan and embedded with 4th Infantry Division of U.S army during 2003 conflict in Iraq. Worked independently on several other occasions across Iraq in 2003 and 2004. Covered elections and regime changes in Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Covered, amongst other natural disasters, Tsunami and earthquake in India, volcanic eruptions in Congo, floods across India and Bangladesh. Covered several human disasters including train and plane crashes, cyclones and other calamities across India. Covered visits of heads of states and other important public figures.

Amongst his many honors he was chosen for Joop Swart Masterclass of World Press in 1999. He has won awards in China International Press Photography Contest, Day’s Japan Photo Contest, World Press, POYi , etc.

In 2010 he served on the jury of World Press Photo.

Rafeeq Ellias

Rafeeq Ellias began his career in 1969 as a copywriter with McCann Ericsson and later with J. Walter Thompson. In 1974, he moved to Tokyo where he worked for the Tokyo office of Ketchum McLeod & Grove for 5 years, handling the worldwide accounts of Japan Air Lines, Suntory Whiskey, etc. During this time he began taking travel pictures for TIME Magazine and The New York Times Travel Section.

Rafeeq's print work has received over 35 awards in India and around the world, ranging from the Communications Arts Guild in Mumbai, ADASIA, Graphis Press in Switzerland, The Art Directors Club of New York, to name a few.

His films include his first 16 mm documentary as a cinematographer for Britain's Channel Four on the Kumbh Mela in India ("The Nectar of Immortality"). Another on the condition of Bombay's pavement and slum dwellers ("Slum Mumbai"), and yet another on a historic 150-year old library in Bombay ("Steps in Time").

His fourth film, made for BBC World and broadcast in over 200 countries, "The Legend of Fat Mama" on the Chinese community in Kolkata, was also his first as a director and scriptwriter. The film won two National Awards, best film at MIFF 2006 and runner-up at the Asian Broadcast Awards in Singapore. The film has been screened extensively at festivals in New York, Seattle, Toronto, Manchester, Barcelona and Oslo.

Rafeeq's other passion is photographing ballet (and opera) which he has been doing for over a decade in Moscow, Novosibirsk, Ufa, Tashkent, Moldova and Bucharest for an international festival of dance and music.

His first feature film as director and cinematographer, 'Love You To Death', was an official selection at 10 international film festivals and winner of an audience award in Anchorage; it premiered in leading cinemas in India in February 2012.

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