A decade long stint as an Art Director established Sharmistha as a promising talent in the ad world. But all this while, a constant urge to photograph egged her on to take up the camera and when she did so, it was life transforming for her. Before long, Sharmistha had embarked on a journey as a committed photographer.
Her most prominent work has been Durga, a photo project on Gender bias and social discrimination against widows in India. The work has been exhibited at various International Photo festivals and has been published as a photo book in 2016.
She has photographed for many respectable organisations like C&A Foundation, UN WOMEN, GIZ, The Hunger Project and Care India. She has photographed for BBC Media Action and Bill Gates Foundation for Govt of India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. The work has now been compiled into a book.
Portrait photography and story telling
Her photography revolves around people and is a constant reflection of her passion and fascination for human nature and the way they live their lives. Her photographs delve deep into the human soul. She loves to dabble in portrait photography. She has shot for many Fashion designers, Product designers, Sculptors, Theatre Artists and Actors.
She was recently commissioned to do a photo story on the hand loom weavers of Varanasi, by the Serendipity Arts Trust. The work was exhibited at the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa in December 2017
She has been successfully exhibiting her work with a lot of respectable galleries in India and abroad. Her work has been published in several national newspapers, magazines, and online media, including Vogue, The Hindu, Times of India, Indian Express, Hindustan Times, ART & DEAL Magazine, Huffington Post, Deccan Herald, DW, and Homegrown.