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Resurfacing with AIPAD

April 1, 2012

I’ve been quiet. Quietly attending to my new born daughter, Siya. She is now 3 months old and we have all survived the insanity. It’s been special beyond words.

AIPAD was my first photo event of the year and I was very happy to see the works of the following three artists

George Georgiou who I have previously blogged about on Ishaara. I’ve always been a fan of his images and to see them in person made me incredibly happy. Here is an image from his series Fault Lines.


© George Georgiou

I also loved the prints of Robert Platt Lynes who’s works are currently on view at the Steven Kasher Gallery.

All three prints I saw on the wall were sold within the first couple days of AIPAD! No surprise there. Here is an image

for you. Also feel free to read Elizabeth Avedon’s words on his works.


And finally Elinor Caruchi’s prints were on view with Sasha Wolf Gallery. Elinor’s series Born looks particularly gorgeous in person. Here is one of my favorite images from the series.


© Elinor Caruchi


B.V.S.P school and Making of Lord Ganesha

December 9, 2011

Hello Readers,

Here are some images on the making of Lord Ganesha followed by a video of Lord Ganesha set. The video was filmed by Roberto Farruggio who shadowed me in India and it was edited by Lily Huang. All images behind the scenes below were also photographed by Roberto Farruggio and by a few are by Varun Sathe, a talented student of Bhartiya Vidya Peeth School of Photography.

My New York Times Article links specifically mentions Bhartiya Vidya Peeth school of Photography in Pune. Also known as B.V.S.P.
B.V.S.P’s students and instructors were pro active in taking part in the Darshan project, Ashish Gurbani formerly assisted me on the making of Maa Laxmi, and Mukul Anand, Varun Sathe, Urmit Talavia and Cheryl Zorini Bhorania to name a few were frequenters on the set working towards making Darshan a success.

B.V.S.P’s role in this process was integral and they were true agents of art. By offering their school’s resources, their premises and equipment  as well as their students, BVSP truly promoted collaboration. I would take a moment to look into the school and what it offers. Rajan Chaughule, president and dean at B.V.S.P in specific was a facilitator in every way he could be for the project. I also want to specifically thank Siddhartha Mudaliar, an instructor at B.V.S.P whose extra set of eyes on the set were much appreciated.

Darshan: Photographic Series on Indian Deities

June 29, 2011

I would like to Introduce you to my new project. It's called Darshan and I am trying to reach a targeted goal with this series. Please view the video and visit this link if you feel connected to the concept. If you would like to spread the word on it here is a short link

Darshan from Manjari Sharma on Vimeo.

Siddharth Sanghvi

March 29, 2011

I was commissioned to photograph Siddharth Sanghvi, an Indian prodigy and extremely well known author of our times for Canteen Magazine. Sanghvi has been compared to Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth in his writing styles, especially for using settings of magical realism, and themes such as karma, love and sexuality extensively in his very applauded book The Last Song of Dusk. Here are a few of my favorite images from the shoot. Above all, he was a delight to work with and a great person to brainstorm about life, love and image making.

End of the year Newsletter December 2010

December 20, 2010

Hey folks…. here is my finale newsletter and the launch of a new body of work that can be seen here



A love affair with the Hassy

December 17, 2010

I was really fortunate to have had this novel experience in this summer of 2010. Hasselblad gave me this fantastic opportunity. All props to Jim Rooney, the north eastern rep for Hasselblad USA for selecting me for it! I know Jim from meeting him randomly at my very first photo expo in nyc 3 years ago .. also I met him agian while working at Steve Mccurry’s studio when steve was buying some hassy equipment. In short, Jim kept an eye on my work and offered me this brilliant chance to play with some seriously pro tools!

I was given over 60,000 worth of equipment for a couple months to shoot, test and explore. This toys I got included the fantastic 40 mega pixel H4D40 and three top of the line lenses to go with it. The camera was like a tank and horse put together and the image quality was sex on toast. I shot pretty much every single day if i could help it! I posted on hasselblad’s own website called Hassynyc as I explored with the camera. Below is a grab of the hassynyc site to give you an idea of what it looked like.

Brian Oglesbee, Julie Taymor, The Tempest

October 18, 2010

First of all friends! Watch the HD trailer for this gorgeously shot movie here! Brian, this is a celebration post for the crew!

A while ago I worked with Brian Oglesbee, Julie Taymor and Lynn Hendee closely on a trial shoot for the latest New York Film Festival centre piece “The Tempest”. For those of you that don’t know about this story…. you should refer to this post of mine for the back story on how I know Brian and got to meet Julie.

This post was made when the movie was still in production actually! I Just saw the film at NYFF. It was also invited to be a part of the Venice Film Festival closing! Julie Taymor is a driven and inspiring person and Brian is an incredible photographer. To see the two talents come together on big screen was positively an unforgettable experience! Here are some images from the night out and heartiest congrats to Brian and Julie to see their hard work come to such beautiful fruition!

Brian Oglesbee and Julie Taymor, Lincoln centre, NYC

Also pictured below is Kate Boulter, on the left standing with yours truly in the centre and the boss man Brian Oglesbee on the right outside the Lincoln Centre at the Tempest’s premiere night. Kate to inform you all has repetitively been photographed by Brian all through his book Aquatique which I proudly own and highly recommend so contact the man himself at That night when Julie saw us she exclaimed in delight when she saw kate, “There’s our Ariel!!”  Ariel, as many of you know is one of the main characters from the The Tempest played by the all too charming Ben Whishaw in the movie. Kate however did all the stand in shots for Ariel when we tested for this shoot in Brian’s studio upstate and it was clear that Julie T like us was a great admirer of miss Kate’s performance. I found out first handedly how easy it is to love Kate, my post to follow will be about Kathryn Boulter’s powerful presence in my Shower Series.

News from the East & West

August 31, 2010

Humble apologies, my friends sometimes too much time goes by in between my posts. Between shooting some personal, some commercial work life takes over and well before you know it its been over a couple weeks!

I just wanted to say a big thanks to Nicole Pasulka who did a fantastic Interview of my work titled In the flow. A screen grab of the interview is below. Also I was just selected as a Critical Mass 2010 finalist. Critical Mass is a competition put on by Photolucida which is a contemporary photo organization is based in Portland, Oregon. Almost 600 entries this year pre screened by a hundred plus jurors lead to a finalist list of 175 which I was humbly included in. Those who continue on in the top 175 Finalists will have their work seen, and voted on, by over 200 jurors which will lead to a Top 50 list regarded as highly prestigious to be a part of. I am in the final round so wish me luck folks! At least 20 of these 175 people who got selected I personally know, love and think off highly! So it’s a stiff competition to say the least.

Also I was honored to be invited by Ann Pallesen, the all too charming Gallery Director of PCNW, (Photographic Centre North West) for PhotoLust which is a photography fun raiser auction with a fantastic line up of artists! Keith Carter, Matthew Pillsbury, Daniel Shea, Joni Sternbach and Jock Sturges are in the show to name a random few… here is a link to the list of all invited artists for this show. If you live in Seattle, show some love for for the contemporary photo scene on October 2nd which is also incidentally the birth date of the great Mahatma Gandhi. To buy tickets for this event click here. The Photolust auction will take place both silently and live, so please support!