Darshan Talk at SVA tonight!

November 2, 2011

Dear Friends,
Owing to the successful fundraising of my project Darshan, I was in India September through October creating and producing the next four images in the series. I’d to invite you to my talk at the School of Visual Arts which will highlight some new footage and images shot in India.

Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Time: 7 pm
Venue: 136 West 21st street, Room 418 F

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My friend and shadow

October 14, 2011

I am happy to announce my collaboration with Roberto Farruggio who is a New York based sicilian filmmaker and has been shadowing me for Darshan for the last several weeks. Roberto and I met in spain during “Espacio Nudage” a festival we were both invited and selected to attend in Spain this January. Roberto assisted me for a job for AOL in Madrid and we soon knew we would get along like peas in a pod. This friendship grew and has led him following my recent project Darshan all the way to India.

Darshan my most recent pride and joy, was a project that got successfully funded on Kickstarter a month ago. I have just freshly returned from Mumbai where I was deep into production creating the next four images in this series of 9. I just wanted to share Roberto’s work with you and say that many of my behind the scenes stills and movies to come, will be owing to his ardent following. Below is a picture of him in india with me capturing footage for Darshan.

Here is a quick sample of Roberto’s work below but I encourage you to take a look at his style and imagery on his website.

Please keep tuned to some incredible production stills of how Darshan was manufactured and touched by many people’s hard and ardent work on sets.

Lord Ganesha!

September 30, 2011

While i’ve been silent on the social networks Its been a whirlwind for the last 20 days. I have much to catch you all up on! But here is how my trip kicked off.

I arrived a day before the Ganesh festival ended. Ganesh Chaturthi is a very celebrated festival in India and particularly Mumbai. This timing was intentional.
My trip is sandwiched between Ganesha Chaturthi and Navratri which is the Durga Festival. Inspirations of these idols surround the city with lights, festivities and tons of artistic inspiration. Painters and sculptors who have done this for years shine during this time.

Ganesh Chaturti in Pune - Shot by Urmit

Above is an image shot by a student and Camera assistant Urmit. This is a scene from the Ganesha idol being carried down the streets to be immersed into water. The idol lord Ganesha is placed in a decorated temple on the first day of this festival and then worshipped for days until it’s immersed in the waters only to return the following year. Here are some shots from the Ganesha Idol that was in our home in Mumbai.

The 2011 Ganesha idol at the Sharma residence

Mom and dad praying before the immerse the idol ta the beach

Dad lights the fire using camphor at a very windy Versova beach

Children rejoice as they sing hymns of Lord Ganesha

Taking the idol away for immersion on the last day of Ganesha Festival.

Streets gets jammed and traffic packed as people navigate to the shores with idols that fit in your palms to a few floors high. It’s quite the sight! It had been ten years since I had celebrated this festival with my parents and brother. I was glad to be home.

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 http://t.co/wzrcaP6

Darshan from Manjari Sharma on Vimeo.

Vogue, India Tearsheets

June 22, 2011

Vandana Bhatia and Maheep Kapoor are both celebrities in their own right. Maheep is a fantastic jewelry designer based in Mumbai and Vandana is a fashion designer based in Dubai. I got the chance to photograph both of them for Vogue India. Here are a few tear-sheets that were just sent to me. In addition Vandana and I were having too much fun and continued to shoot some shots at a personal level on the 4×5, attaching a few of those extras I enjoyed from our extended shoot as well.



HSBC Billboards hit India

May 9, 2011

Talk about Indians outsourcing Indians from America. I shot for an agency in mumbai, client was HSBC. The entire shoot was watched on skype/gchat and aim. The shoot involved building of a humungo Brazilian flag needed to be constructed for it and the all too talented Jon Nazareth came to the production rescue.

A flag was built the models lined up like ducks in a row and the shoot was memorable. With 10 agency cats + clients pulling an all night’er in India our shoot was on time with a happy and content crew and photog. Here are some fun out takes from the shoot.




So here are the Billboards.


Madrid, Spain

April 21, 2011

On the sand dunes of Sam

April 1, 2011

In Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, these two camel rider’s obliged me and let me make some images. Here is my favorite one from that session.

On my mind

March 31, 2011

Thomas Albdorf

Thomas Holton

Kwashima Kotori

Jason Nocito

Sam Comen

Gautier Pellegrin

Kara Brodesgella

Jake Stangel

Vince Contarino

Elinor Caruchi


Amaury Da Cunha

DoDo Jin Ming

Igasi Cunill

Christopher Dibble

Yan Copelli

David Mascha

Dalton Rooney

Chris Frazer Smith

Lauren Treece

Amaury da Cunha

Yuki Onodera

Roger Ballen

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.