About Manjari Sharma

You can see more of my work on my Website and can stay updated on news and highlights by “liking” my Fanpage.

Ishaara is Manjari Sharma’s Blog. Manjari is a photographer who currently resides in Brooklyn, New York but was born and raised in Mumbai, India.

Ishaara is a word in Hindi, India’s national language. Ishaara means, an allusion, a subtle gesture or a sign.

After working with India’s premier publications The Times Of India and Better Photography chasing image making is what brought Manjari to the United States in 2001. In 2004 she graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, her first home in U.S.A. In Columbus, Manjari assisted many respected commercial shooters and also photographed some extremely passionate musicians. Manjari moved to India to travel through her homeland for 6 months voayaging an extensive part of her country and reconnecting with her roots, she moved to New York City in late 2007.

As Manjari currently freelances in New York City, her recent achievements include eight honorable mentions in the IPA Lucie Awards, she has already worked for well known clients such as AOL, American baby, Penguin Books and has worked with acclaimed photographers such as Steve McCurry, David Alan Harvey and Eric Ogden. Manjari’s travels have taken her to Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and recently to Brazil.

Over time it is such a thrill to see how images go through a life cycle. They are born as someone’s poetic reality, ferment,  graduate into history and immortalize themselves into someone else’s mythology. The whole time as we chase answers through our photography, it’s incredible to see that the answers in fact lie within our very own photos. Susan Sontag so eloquently seemed to understand what the eventual outcome of every shooter’s relentless picture taking journey is, she said… “The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.”

The purpose of this blog is to share works in progress and keep the dream alive. I plan to post images both old and new along side musings and nostalgic references. Please do visit and comment, your reflections and feedback will be much appreciated.


20 Responses to “About Manjari Sharma”

  1. Julie Schirmer Says:


    Your vision, perspective, eloquence (both written and visual), energy and enthusiasm for life are infectious. You are an inspiration. Thanks for sending the link; I will enjoy seeing and reading what you’re up to. Keep looking for the seagulls, just more proof that being “there” in life is more than half the battle, n’est-ce pas? Warmly, Jules

  2. Adam Says:

    Ishaara is also a Bollywood movie from the 60s… youtube it.

  3. Ashish Says:

    Went thru your blog…nice work, really like the name of the blog…!

  4. Darshana Says:

    Hey Manj!
    Ishaara is really cool. Great, Congratulations! Zande gaad rahi hai.

  5. Girish Says:

    Hey really nice blog. Lovethe name..

  6. Mayu Says:

    Awesome pics Manj!

    Your work is really really nice.

  7. Manjari Sharma Says:

    hi manjari ,
    i like ur work and vision , keep going same way . one thing i would like to share i m also manjari sharma and have few creative dreams to pursue apart from my profession . but i am happy your work and passion is going side by side .wish u luck .
    i guess is there some reflection of ur name to ur passion interest ??????i dont know .
    any ways
    take care . nice work done

  8. naresh Says:

    one of the most impressive blogs i have come across in time … i will remember your shots and words forever … very good job and thanks to skype 🙂

  9. deshna Says:

    Thank u for inspiring me!!!

  10. sunny Says:

    good work di

  11. Anna Joyce Says:

    Hello and congratulations on your beautiful and shining photography. Your concept, photography and litereary disclosures are really wonderful. Thank you for sharing your vision and for being the fine, astonishing young photographer and philosopher that you so obviously are. You and your photography are inspirations to us all.

  12. Abhishek Nandy Says:

    nice blog and some beautiful photography….congratulations

  13. Kimsuk Ray Says:


  14. Faraz Haider Says:

    Hello Tommy Gun.

    I am impressed and in love with the photos.

    Good workk.. brilliantly done.


  15. vikrant tunious Says:

    Hello Manjari

    I just checked your website and your blog and could’t stop myself from commenting that, loved your work. we seem to have a similar story.. i would like to connect with you. i am in philly but go down to the nyc often for shoots and stuff.. email vtunious@vikranttunious.com

  16. Priti Shimpi Says:

    Hi Manj! remember me? Nways great work. Get in touch when u have time.

    Take care.


  17. Sagarika Says:

    Hi Manjari,

    Love!! your work, stumbled across it via a Wired blogger portrait feature.

    I’m moving to Mumbai in the middle of this year, to work as communication designer at http://www.ideo.com ‘s new office there. Would love to keep you in mind if we have any interesting photography assignments on hand.

    Do email me if this sounds interesting sagarika.sundaram@gmail.com

  18. jacob Says:

    Hey! Reading through Wired.com and there’s my old SNP coworker Manj! Hope you’re doing well.

  19. Dr.Darade B.D. Says:

    nice job

  20. Antony Says:

    Pretty nice post. I simply stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to mention that I have truly loved browsing your blog posts.
    After all I will be subscribing on your feed and I’m hoping you write once more very soon!

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