Jury for MFI Yesbank National Press Photo Contest 2014
Pablo Bartholomew is a self-taught photographer. He was awarded the Padma Shri — among India’s highest civilian honours —April 2013 and in 2014 was honored with the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government.
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, he was awarded the first prize by the World Press Photo 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.
In July 2007, Outside In: A Tale of Three Cities, a visual diary of his teenage work, was shown at Les Rencontres d’Arles. In 2008, the show traveled to the National Museum, New Delhi; the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai; Bodhi Art, New York; and, in 2009, to Bodhi Berlin. In January 2013, it was displayed at Chobimela VII, Dhaka, and in June 2013, at PHOTOINK, New Delhi. The display of the series in August 2013 at Poko Gallery in Dalian, China, marked its 15th showing.
In February 2011, he exhibited 119 photographs at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, as part of Chronicles of a Past Life, the sequel to Outside In, reflecting his engagement with the streets of Bombay in the 1970s and the ’80s. The show opened at PHOTOINK in New Delhi in January 2012.
A third body of work from that period, Calcutta Diaries, focusing on his time spent in Kolkata in the ’70s, was exhibited at Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi, in December 2012 and in April 2014 at Sakshi Gallery in Mumbai. Divided into four sections, the series explores his documentation of the Chinese community in Tangra, the city’s streets, his time spent on the sets of Satyajit Ray’s Shatranj Ke Khilari, and his grandmother.
Bartholomew’s work has been exhibited all over the world. Most notably at Another Asia, Nooderlicht Photo Festival, Netherlands (2006); Chobimela, Dhaka (2006); Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap (2006); Month of Photography, Tokyo (2007); Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles (2007); Private Spaces Public Spaces, Newark Museum, USA (2007); Act of Faith, Nooderlicht Photo Festival, Netherlands (2007); Bodhi Art, New York (2008); Bodhi Berlin (2009); Rubin Museum of Art, New York (2009); Where Three Dreams Cross, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010) and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2010); Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai (2011); Fishbar Gallery, London (2011), PHOTOINK, New Delhi (2012); Art Chennai, Chennai (2012); Head On Photo Festival, Sydney (2012); Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap (2012); Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2012); and Chobimela VII, Dhaka (2013); India International Centre, New Delhi 2013; Xishuangbana Photo Festival 2014.
Since 2007, Bartholomew has been working intensely with his father, Richard Bartholomew’s photography archive, exhibiting a selection from it in India and abroad, and producing, in collaboration with Sepia International, Chatterjee & Lal, and PHOTOINK, a photo book bearing the same title as the show — A Critic’s Eye. Richard’s photographs have been acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi, and by private collectors. In 2012, Bartholomew also published Richard Bartholomew—The Art Critic, a 640-page selection of his father’s writings on the birth of modern Indian art.
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.
Pulitzer award nominee and winner of the Picture of the Year at the World Press Photo 2004, Arko has extensively covered news and sports events across the world for the last two decades, including wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Kargil conflict, Summer Olympics, cricket World Cups to name a few. Hid work has regularly appeared in leading newspaper and magazines like The New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, International Herald Tribune, and on the covers of Time magazine, Newsweek, The Economist etc.
Arko Datta was featured among the 20 photographers in Rotovision’s coffee table book “World’s Top Photographers”. One of Arko’s award-winning images also appeared on a postage stamp in Europe. Twice recipient of the “Photographer of the Year” award by Asian Photography magazine, Arko started his career at The Indian Express in 1991 and has since worked for The Telegraph, AFP and Reuters. Arko is also a member of the faculty at Udaan School of Photography.
Rafeeq Ellias began his career in advertising in 1969 with the Bombay office of McCann Ericsson where he worked for 5 years, followed by a year with J. Walter Thompson. In 1975, he moved to Japan where he worked for the Tokyo office of Ketchum McLeod & Grove for 5 years, handling the worldwide accounts of Japan Air Lines, Imperial Hotel, Chase Bank, Suntory Whiskey, Sony TVs, among other Japanese and international brands.
During this time he began travelling extensively in the Far East and Southeast Asia and was soon taking travel pictures for Japan Air Lines as well as TIME Magazine and The New York Times Travel Section.
In later years, he began making documentary and advertising films. In 2003, he made his landmark film “The Legend of Fat Mama” for BBC World on the Chinese community in Kolkata. The opening film of BBC’s China Week, it was broadcast in over 200 countries, besides winning two National Awards, the best film at MIFF 2006 and runner-up at the Asian Broadcast Awards in Singapore. The film has been screened at festivals in New York, Seattle, Toronto, Manchester, Barcelona and Oslo.
Rafeeq’s public interest films for UNICEF in 2002 were broadcast wordwide for which Star TV received an Emmy Award at the hands of actor Mia Farrow in New York. Other awards include 2 from the Art Directors Club of New York; Photographer of the Year and Best Photograph of the Year at the Communications Arts Guild in Mumbai; Gold, Silver and Bronze at ADASIA, to name a few.
His pictures of Kolkata’s Chinatown were a part of the inaugural show of the Museum of Cultures in Basel, Switzerland, when it re-opened after extensive renovations in 2011. Rafeeq’s films include his first 16 mm documentary in 1998 as a cinematographer for Britain’s Channel Four on the Kumbh Mela in India (“The Nectar of Immortality”), which was shot over 65 days in the higher peaks of the Himalayas down to Haridwar and Rishikesh on the river Ganga.
His works have been published by Graphis Press in Switzerland as well as leading art and photography journals in Japan and Europe. 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 annual international festival of dance and music.
His first feature film, ‘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.