Smita Sharma is an Indian freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer based in between New York and Kolkata.
Her work has been published in CNN, ROB Magazine, The Globe and Mail, UNWRA, Washington Post, Vision Project, Proof: Media for Social Justice, First Post, CNN-IBN, Art Photo Magazine, The Caravan Magazine, The Quint, Outlook Magazine, The Telegraph (India) among others and exhibited and screened in various countries including USA, France, Cambodia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, UK and Myanmar.
Her ongoing project on Sexual Violence and Rape in India was exhibited as part of CSW-59 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and at TEDx conference, Yanbu City, Saudi Arabia.
Besides her freelance work, she is currently teaming up with National Geographic photographer Stephanie Sinclair, adding voice to the global campaign on child marriage -Too Young To Wed. She has led the organization’s global social media outreach, increasing the audience engagement over 70 % across different social media platforms.
She is the recipient of The Washington Post Award at the Eddie Adams Workshop XXVI, George and Joyce Moss Scholarship 2013 for documentary photography and the ‘New York City Newstrain’ diversity scholarship organized by APME (Associated Press Media Editors), Associated Press, New York.
Smita worked for the prestigious photojournalism workshop – Eddie Adams Workshop as the Assistant Producer in 2014. She graduated in photojournalism and documentary photography from the International Center of Photography, New York in 2013.
Born and raised in the Himalayan foothills of Shillong City, India, she has lived in Mumbai, Pune and Kolkata for higher education and has travelled widely in India, South Asia and USA. She takes deep interest in culture and gender violence issues.
Awards and Exhibitions:
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 Industrial 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, held at Greater London, Leeds, Manchester, Bracknell, Weybridge, Ascot and Southend On Sea.
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.
Certificate in Digital Photography, New York Film Academy, New York
Masters in Advertising and Public Relations, Madurai Kamraj University, Madurai, India
Certificate in Film Photography, Xavier’s Institute of Communication, St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, 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