Abandoning his artistic black and white work done during his teenage to late twenties embarked on a successful career as a photojournalist where he documented societies in conflict and transition for over 20 years.
He is a three-time World Press Photo Award winner (including the 1984 “Picture of the Year” for his iconic image of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy) and He was awarded the Padma Shri — among India’s highest civilian honours — in April 2013 and in 2014 he was awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres one of the highest cultural honors from France.
Editorially his work has been featured in publications like The 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.
His first solo exhibitions of personal work where shown with galleries like Art Heritage Gallery, New Delhi, (1979) and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, (1980) featured photographs that captured the marginal, fringe worlds in which he lived. Returning to his hidden archive he has created exhibitions like A Tale of 3 Cities, dating from the 70’s to the early 80’s. Paralleling the practice of photographers such as Nan Goldin and Larry Clark, this body of work articulates a wider historical moment through the artist’s personal experience and has exhibited at galleries, museums and photo festivals in Arles, London, Paris, New York, Berlin, Dhaka, Tokyo, Shanghai, Winterthur, among others across the world and will show in New York this summer.
He is currently continuing his long-term project on Indian émigrés, alongside discovering his Burmese roots and working on his father Richard Bartholomew’s photographic and literary archives.