Manjari Sharma

Manjari Sharma

Born: 1979, Mumbai, India

Biography and Information

Manjari Sharma moved to the US in 2001 to study ohotogrpahy. Her Shower Series and Darshan series have garnered much attention and have been written about by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN World, NPR, Life Magazine, and Forbes India, among many others. Recently she has received the First Place Curators Choice award from CENTER in Santa Fe, NM, and was selected for the New York Times Portfolio Review in 2014. Sharma currently lives and works in Santa Barbra, CA.

BFA, Media Studies, Still Photography, Columbus College of Art and 
Design, Columbus, OH

BSC, Visual Communication, S.V.T College, Mumbai, India

Reinterpreting Religion, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL

Reflections of India, Three Person Show, Kunst Museum De Moritzburg, Germany

Talking Pictures, Group Show, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Three Person Show, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Darshan, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA

The Shower Series, Group Show Tasveer Journal, Sua House, Bangalore, India

The Shower Series, Group Show Tasveer Journal, Amethyst, Chennai, India

Group Show Tasveer Journal, The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata, India

Context, Filter International Photo Festival, Panjim, India

Darshan, GOA International Photo Festival, Panjim, India

Organ Vida International Photography Festival, Zagreb, Croatia

Just Another Photo Festival, New Delhi, India

Artist at Exhibit 320
, Taster Art Gallery, New Delhi, India

Darshan, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine, Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, TX

Houston Center of Photography, Group Exhibition, Houston, TX

Focus on CENTER, CCA Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

The Fence at Photoville, The Atlanta Beltline, Atlanta, GA

The Fence at Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY

Romeo & Juliet in Pictures: A Group Show, Sasha Wolf Gallery, New York, NY

Aperture Summer Open, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY

International Photofestival Lieden, 20 emerging American Photographers, September 18-28, Leiden, Netherlands

The Shower Series, ClampArt, New York, NY

Darshan, ClampArt, New York, NY

Shots and Works Artist, Look 3, Charlottesville, VA, curated by Melissa Harris of Aperture Magazine, Yolanda Cuomo of Cuomo Design

Social Order, Contemporary Women Photographers from Iran, India and Afganistan, Photo Center NW, Seattle WA

About Face, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA

Double Consciousness, C Street Gallery, Laurel, MD

100 Portraits,  Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney,  Australia

Across the Divide,  Photo Center NW, Seattle ,WA

Manjari Sharma, Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)

PhotoLust, Photographic Centre North West, Seattle, WA

Sultry II, Kris Graves Projects, Brooklyn, NY

Paani, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM (solo)

Elements of Water, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO

Eye on The Strand, PDN Pratt Institute, CCPS Gallery, New York, NY

Close Up, New York City, NY

Sneakology, Nike ID Exhibition, Hamburg, Germany

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The Squire Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA

Critical Mass Finalist, Photolucida

Selected for On Our Radar Creative Capital Artist Feature

First Place Curator’s Choice Award from CENTER, Santa Fe, NM

Arts Award, Hindu American Foundation, Washington, DC

Nominated, Alumni Award of Excellence, Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH

Selected for New York Times Portfolio Review

Honorable Mention Santa Fe Prize

Nominated for Santa Fe Prize 2012 and PDN 30 2012

Best of ASMP NY 2010

Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist

Selected to participate in Review Santa Fe 2010

2009 Selected for the Personal Vision workshop with Jorg Colberg of

Conscientious and Robert Lyons, Northampton, MA

Third Place and Viewers Choice winner Strand Photo Contest, New York, NY

Invited to help produce Salaam Garage, Innovative photography workshop held in India 

IPA Lucie Awards, Eight Honorable Mentions,

Invited be a board member for the American Society of Media Photographers NY Chapter, New York, NY

2007 Selected by Steve McCurry to research a National Geographic Project based in India, New York, NY

Invited to be interviewed on CNBC Awaaz, Mumbai, India,

2006 Invited by S.N.D.T. Women’s University for a lecture on photography, a career choice, Mumbai, India

Awarded Emerging Photographer scholarship ASMP, OH

Invited to judge The Scholastics competition, Photography category, Columbus College of Art and Design, OH

Invited to speak and show work at Society of Photographic Educators (SPE), Providence, RI

Geraldine Warner Scholarship for excellence in Media Studies, Columbus College of Art and Design, OH

Outstanding Achievement award, S.V.T. College, Mumbai, India

Richard B. Woodward, Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists’ Review: Photography in the Age of the IPhone, The Wall Street Journal, August 15

Susanne Christmann, Neue Schau in der Moritzburg: Farbenfroher Indischer Bilderkult, WochenSpiegel, July 26

Alexxa Gotthardt, Famous Artists Swap IPhone Photos- and Creativity Ensues, Artsy, July 24

Marten Siegmann, Ausstellung: “Reflections of India” eröffnet in Halle, dt Fotographie, July 21

Andrea Bruchwitz, Die Faszination Indiens: Fotoausstellung „Reflections of India“ in Halle, White Wall Magazin, July 20

Roberta Smith, An Exhibition Worth Thousands of Words, The New York Times, July 6

Sebastian Moll, Handy-Fotografie Künstler verständigen sich nur mit Smartphone-Bildern, Berlins Zeitung, July 4

Ulrike Thielmann, Reflections of India Halle zeigt widersprüchliches Indien, MDR KULTUR, June 28

Mateo Sancho Cardiel, El Metropolitan abre sus puertas a las fotos hechas con móvil, Rl Pais, June 27

Emily Esfahani Smith, Chapter on Darshan, The Power of Meaning, January 2017 Release

Shannon Liao, The Met’s new art exhibit is told entirely through smartphone photos,

The Verge, June 26

Darshan Feature and Interview, Issue 17, Smith Journal, Australia

Darshan, Monkey Issue, Artworld Magazine, China, January

Darshan Feature, Issue 2, Steadfast Magazine

Mary Hynes, Lights, Camera, Religion!, Tapestry, CBC Radio, December 28

Lavina Melwani, Mortals Made Immortal: Seeing God through Manjari Sharma’s creative lens, Hinduism Today, October/November/December

Making Gods, Turn Magazine, Columbus College of Art and Design, Issue 01

THE FENCE: Manjari Sharma, World Photo Organisation, December 2

Timeless Allure of Darshan, Huffington Post Arts & Culture, December 16

Lavina Melwani, Can you Photograph God? Ask Manjari Sharma, Lassi with Lavina Blog, October 15

Mumbaikar, New Yorker: How Migration inspired Manjari Shamra’s art, India in New York, Vol. XVIII No. 16,  October 10, cover and pp. 4-6

Field of Vision, India Abroad, September 19

Anisha Dhiman, In the kingdom of snapshots, Deccan Chronicle, August 3

Jenna Garrett, A Few of our Favorite Images from the Fence at Photoville 2014, Feature Shoot, June 30

Aline Smithson, The Center Awards: Curator’s Choice Award 1st Place Winner: Manjari Sharma, Lenscratch Fine Art Photography Daily, May 17

Incredible Painterly Diaromas of Hindu Dieties, Fotographia Magazine. May 7

Ute Noll, Showers, Du Magazine, Summer 2014

Molly Glentzer, Divine Inspiration: Exhibit explores evolution of the Hindu deities in art, Houston Chronicle, May 18

Vandana Kalra, Of Gods and Mortals: Manjari Sharma on creating a photo series featuring everyday people as deities, The Indian Express, May 12

Barbara Davidson, reFramed: In conversation with Manjari Sharma, Los Angeles Times Framework Photo Blog, March 27

Mike English, Manjari Sharma: Eastern Glimpse, Local IQ, March 5, (cover and feature)

Fayemi Shakur, Shared Cultures: The Power of Trancendence Through Photography, Nueva Luz Photographic Journal

Darshan, Front and Back cover of RVM Magazine

Vision of the Gods, Yoke Magazine, Australia

Manjari Sharma, Blink Magazine, Issue 29

Shower Confessionals, CNN World Photos, September 25

Darshan by Manjari Sharma, Fraction Magazine, September

Nandita Ravi, The God of all things, The Sunday Age Newspaper, October 20

Darshan, Blink Magazine, Issue #29, November

Loring Knoblaugh, Manjari Sharma, Darsham and Shower Series @ClampArt, Collector Daily, September 25

Tyler Coates, Arresting Photos of Gods and Goddesses Bring Hindu Mythology to Life, Flavorwire, September 16

Niharika Mookerjee, A Grand Declaration of Faith Through Models of God, The American Bazaar, September 14

James Estrin, Connecting Hindu Gods and Humans, Lens Blog, The New York Times, September 14

Priscilla Frank, Photographer Manjari Sharma Transforms Hindu Dieties into Contemporary Photographs, The Huffington Post, September 12

Emily Esfahani Smith, Manjari Sharma: A Brooklyn-Based Artist on a Spiritual Quest,, June 5

Bryan Formhals, The LPV Show Episode 4: A Conversation Manjari Sharma, LPV Magazine, March 19

Sara Bernard, For the Love of Gods: An Artist Brings Hindu Deities to Life,                                 Yoga Journal, March

Maa Laxmi, Darshan, Forbes India: India’s Richlist (cover of flagship issue)

Darshan and its Journey, Event Space, B&H Photo, June 10

The Darshan Project, Resource Magazine Online, May 21

Holly Stuart Hughes, Crowd-Funding Success Story: Manjari Sharma, PDN, May 11

Darshan by Manjari Sharma at PULSE NYC 2012,, May 9

David Schonau er, Friday Spotlight: Manjari Sharma Photographs Gods, and Finds Fame, ProPhoto Daily, May 4

Aline, Manjari Sharma, Lenscratch Blog, January 19

Niko Koppel, The Beauty and Chaos of the Gods, The New York Times, Lens Photo-blog, December 9

Darshan, Burn Magazine, August 25

All that Glitters, PDN Photo of the Day Blog, August 19

Gurbani, Ashish, Mehta, Dilnaaz, Q&A with Manjari Sharma, Photo Center NW Blog, August, 23

John Vettese, About Face at Gallery 339 and So This is Goodbye at Slingluff Gallery, Philadelphia City Paper, August 19

Kickstarter go to for the week,, June 29

Simon Robinson, Darshan: Photographic Series on Indian Deities, Gold Tinted

Claire O’Neill, How to Photograph Hindu Deities, The Picture Show, NPR PhotoBlog, June 28

Nicole Pasulka, In the Flow, 
The Morning News, August

Deepanjana Pal, War of the Poses, The Times of India Crest, June, June 14

Manjari Sharma, Beautiful Decay online, May, 10

Manjari Sharma, Lensratch Blog, April 12

The Shower Series, Manjari Sharma, Burn Magazine,  April 9

Featured Photographer, PDN EDU, Spring Issue

Cretique, March, 18

Nina Buesing, A Conversation with Manjari Sharma,NymPhoto Blog, February 4

Elizabeth Fleming Blog, January 19

Exposure Compensation Blog, January 13, 2010

1000 Words Contemporary Photography Magazine Online, January 12

Fraction Magazine Blog, January, 10

David Alan Harvey, A blog by the Magnum photographer, Burn Magazine

Mull it Over, January 6

Aperture, Exposures Blog, July 15

Picture Magazine, New York City, NY

PDN Photo of the Day Blog, November 19

Stone Thrower, GlassHouse Assignments, November 19

Penguin Book Cover, New York City

American Baby Magazine, New York City

AOL Street Style, New York City

Mapping the African Past, Columbia University

CNBC India, Mumbai, India

Fodors, Random House, New York City

Columbus Monthly Magazine, Columbus, Ohio,

The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio

Better Photography Magazine, Mumbai, India,

The Bombay Times, Mumbai, India

The Times of India, Mumbai, India

Press Release
2014 Darshan at Richard Levy Gallery

2010 Paani at Richard Levy Gallery