Cartwright holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the renowned Visual Studies Workshop(VSW) in Rochester, New York. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Applied Photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. An active lecturer and exhibitor, Cartwright has made many presentations throughout Europe and the United States. He is a recipient of a Polaroid Corporation Photographer's Grant and a New York State Council on the Arts Public Service Grant ( CAPS). He has exhibited internationally in many one-man and group shows, including exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY, the National Museum of Photography, Bradford, England, The Photographer's Gallery, London, England, and at Photokina, Köln, Germany."
His photographs are in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago,IL and The George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY.