Manjari Sharma

Manjari Sharma

Born: 1979, Mumbai, India

Biography and Information


Manjari Sharma addresses issues of identity, multiculturalism, and personal myth. In her new series Surface Tension, Sharma further investigates the relationship between the human figure and water. Her practice is shaped by her cultural curiosity of the inner landscape of the human mind and it’s inextricable, elemental and sacred relationship to ritual and mythology.

Manjari Sharma was born in Mumbai, India, and moved to the US in 2001. Her projects have been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, NPR, Vice Magazine, and Forbes India, among many others. She has received numerous awards including the First Place Curator’s Choice award from CENTER in Santa Fe. In 2022, Sharma was a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant nominee and her recent exhibition “Expanding Darshan” is slated to travel from the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama to the Phoenix Museum of Art in Arizona. Sharma currently lives and works in Los Angeles. 

Our bodies are political but water is the tapestry that quilts our shared humanity. When the outer plane gets punctured, an inner world appears. Figures turn into landscapes, limbs into fins and shapes become amorphous, The patterns between this submergence and emergence is unpredictable and unrepeatable. My work represents my deep seated interest in studying, questioning and celebrating these transitory states of human imagination, history, and transformation. —Manjari Sharma

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

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

Surface Tension, Bishops Lodge presented by Richard Levy Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Surface Tension, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Seen and to be seen by, Darshan Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama

Mother, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany 
, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

2020 Vision, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Transcendental Deities, curated by Elizabeth Horner, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Talking Pictures, Camera Phone Conversations Between Artists, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
Parenthood, curated Selene Forster, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA

Reinterpreting Religion, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL
Darshan, Ganna Walska LotusLand, Montecito, CA

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
21 Artists 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, NYRomeo & 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

Nominated for the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant


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 

Best of ASMP NY
Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist
Selected to participate in Review Santa Fe 

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

Ryan Michaels, To see and be seen by An eye-opening exhibit, The Birmingham Times, March 16

Manjari Sharma, Love letter to America, Op-ed, The Santa Barbara Independent, July 16
Ancient Deities still Transcendent, The Alexander Report
Catherine Fox, Review: “Transcendent Deities” at Carlos brims with divine ideas, Arts Atlanta, January 29
VeenaDepictions of Indian gods and goddesses explored at Carlos Museum exhibition, NRI Pulse, January 15

Charles Donelan, Manjari Sharma’s ‘Darshan’, Santa Barbara Independent, May 30

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 lensHinduism 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 DarshanHuffington 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 SharmaLenscratch Fine Art Photography Daily, May 17
Incredible Painterly Diaromas of Hindu DietiesFotographia 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 deitiesThe Indian Express, May 12
Barbara Davidson, reFramed: In conversation with Manjari SharmaLos Angeles Times Framework Photo Blog, March 27
Mike English, Manjari Sharma: Eastern GlimpseLocal IQ, March 5, (cover and feature)
Fayemi Shakur, Shared Cultures: The Power of Trancendence Through Photography, Nueva Luz Photographic Journal

DarshanFront 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
DarshanBlink 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 HumansLens Blog, The New York Times, September 14
Priscilla Frank, Photographer Manjari Sharma Transforms Hindu Dieties into Contemporary PhotographsThe Huffington Post, September 12
Emily Esfahani Smith, Manjari Sharma: A Brooklyn-Based Artist on a Spiritual, June 5
Bryan Formhals, The LPV Show Episode 4: A Conversation Manjari SharmaLPV 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 ProjectResource 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
David Schonau er, Friday Spotlight: Manjari Sharma Photographs Gods, and Finds FameProPhoto Daily, May 4
Aline, Manjari Sharma, Lenscratch Blog, January 19

Niko Koppel, The Beauty and Chaos of the GodsThe New York Times, Lens Photo-blog, December 9
DarshanBurn Magazine, August 25
All that GlittersPDN Photo of the Day Blog, August 19
Gurbani, Ashish, Mehta, Dilnaaz, Q&A with Manjari SharmaPhoto Center NW Blog, August, 23
John Vettese, About Face at Gallery 339 and So This is Goodbye at Slingluff GalleryPhiladelphia City Paper, August 19
Kickstarter go to for the, June 29
Simon Robinson, Darshan: Photographic Series on Indian DeitiesGold Tinted
Claire O’Neill, How to Photograph Hindu DeitiesThe 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 SharmaBeautiful Decay online, May, 10
Manjari SharmaLensratch Blog, April 12
The Shower SeriesManjari 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 photographerBurn 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
Surface Tension at Bishops Lodge
Surface Tension at Richard Levy Gallery

2020 Vision at Richard Levy Gallery

Darshan at Richard Levy Gallery

Paani at Richard Levy Gallery