Smita Sharma is an independent photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Delhi, Kolkata and New York. Her work primarily focusses on gender violence and human rights issues.
She graduated in photojournalism and documentary photography from the International Center of Photography, New York in 2013 and has a post graduate degree in Journalism from University of Pune. Born and raised in the Himalayan foothills of Shillong City, India, she has lived and travelled widely in India, South Asia and USA.
Her work has been published in various international publications including CNN , The Washington Post, New York Times, BBC, The Globe and Mail, Spiegel, Channel 4, Quartz among others. Her work has been screened at Visa pour l"Image, Perpignan, and exhibited in various countries.
She is the recipient of The Washington Post Award at the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2013 and National Silver Karamveer medal and PVCHR Bronze medal for Protection of Human Rights at Rex Conclave in Delhi in 2015. In 2016, she was named the finalist for outstanding photography for publishing Documenting Rape in India (New York Times Lens Blog) by the South Asian Journalists Association.
Her ongoing project on sexual violence and rape in India called “It’s Not My Shame” was represented by the India chapter and exhibited during CSW-59 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Awards and Exhibitions and Talks:
Presenter - Chennai Photo Biennale, Chennai, March 2016.
Speaker - Chennai Photo Biennale’s all-women symposium Beyond Boundaries, Chennai, India.
Unearthed: Stories of Courage in the face of Sexual Violence in India - Exhibition at India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India, Dec 2015.
Unearthed: Stories of Courage in the face of Sexual Violence in India - Exhibition at Church Center, United Nations, New York, March 2015.
National Silver Karamveer Chakra, 2014-2015 - By Apeejay and iCONGO at REX CONCLiVE
PVCHR Bronze Karmaveer Chakra for Protection of Human Rights, 2014-2015 - By PVCHR and iCONGO
Chronicles of Courage-Stories of Rape and Sexual Violence in India : Solo exhibition as part of the TEDx Conference held at Yanbu City, Saudi Arabia, Feb 2015.
Speaker - Women photographers explore gender issues - Screening and Talks, Yangon, Feb 2015
Doggie Divas - Exhibited at The Yangon Photo Festival, Yangon, Myanmar Feb 2015.
Doggie Divas - Screened at The Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap – Cambodia, Dec 2014.
Speaker - International Conference on Broadcasting Media & Film Industry, Baltimore, USA, Oct. 2014.
Doggie Divas - Screened at Visa pour l"Image, Perpignan, France, Sep 2014.
Streetscapes - Participant in Group exhibition organised by The Photographic Angle and supported by The Royal Photographic Society, UK.
Women in Asia - Participant at the Jeonju International Photo Festival 2014, Jeonbuk Culture & Art Center, Jeonju City, South Korea, May 2014.
Presenter at the 'Shoot4Minutes' event organised by Rome based non-profit organisation, 'Shoot 4 Change', held at Soho Photo Gallery, New York.
“Doggie Divas” included in the book “New York Edited”, published by Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin, Germany.
Presenter at the themed show ‘Home’ for Open Show New York at The Bronx Documentary Center, New York
Recipient of ‘New York City Newstrain’ diversity scholarship organized by APME (Associated Press Media Editors), AP, New York
Participated in group exhibition ‘The View From Here’ at the Rita K. Hillman Education Gallery, International Center of Photography, New York
Recipient of 2013 George and Joyce Moss Scholarship for documentary photography, New York.
'The God Makers' - A Video Documentary on the idol makers of Kolkata, India. Researched, directed and co-edited for ABP
'Crossbreed' - A Video Documentary on the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Scripted, co-directed and co-edited.
Documentary Photography and Photojournalism, International Center of Photography, New York.
Masters in Advertising and Public Relations, Madurai Kamraj University, Madurai, India
Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Communication, Pune University, Pune, India
Bachelors in Mass Communication and Video Production, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India