Mehta was born in 1952 in New Delhi,
India and joined Contact Press Images in 1977. He won international
acclaim for his coverage of the Gandhi family and his five-year reporting
on the 1984 Bhopal tragedy, the worst chemical disaster in history.
He has since produced extensive work from the USA, Russia, China,
South Asia, and his native India. He is a regular contributor to the
National Geographic and GEO, and in recent years has
documented the effects of widespread modernization on Asian society.
He is based in New Delhi.