Visual Storyteller


Sharbendu De is a Delhi based photographer working on commissioned features and is available for assignments all across South Asia. De is also a writer and a leading photographic educator in India and undertakes workshops and book editing assignments.



Sharbendu De is a lens-based artist, academic and a writer from India with over 15 years of experience. His philosophy is influenced by deliberations on the human society, gender, climate change, environmental degradation and its impact on human and non-human societies as well as the debates on ‘time’ and ‘space’. He is exploring a contemporary vocabulary while positing his aesthetics in the ethnicity of his cultural roots beyond the confines of objectivity and truth in a post-truth era. He uses a host of storytelling approaches including documentary, conceptual, staged and constructed as well as uses audio and video.

De has an MA in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster, London (2010). Alongside his practice, he presently teaches photography and Visual Arts at Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, and Sri Aurobindo Centre for Art & Communication, New Delhi. In 2018, Feature Shoot recognised him as an Emerging Photographer of the Year. He was also shortlisted for Lucie Foundation’s Emerging Artist of the Year Scholarship 2018.

De’s seven-year-long project Imagined Homeland (IH; 2013- ongoing) on the Lisu tribe (Arunachal Pradesh, India) won the 2018 Lucie Foundation’s Photo Made Scholarship, received an Art Research grant from the India Foundation for the Arts (2017), was shortlisted for Lucie Foundation’s ‘Photo Made Scholarship 2017’ and was a nominee for PhotogrVhy Grant 2017. It will be showcased in FORMAT, U.K. (15 Mar-14 April 2019). His conceptual series Between Grief and Nothing (2015-16)’ on trauma as an aftermath of the Nepal earthquakes was exhibited in Econtros da Imagem (2016), Photo Kathmandu (2017) and Geothe Institut (New Delhi, 2016; Mumbai, 2017), cited in WITNESS (a World Press Photo magazine), featured in GUP, LensCulture, Invisible Photographer Asia, PIX Quarterly, Der Greif, Dodho etc. He has exhibited in France, USA, Georgia, Portugal, U.K., Nepal and across India.

De has worked in seven natural disasters including the Nepal earthquakes (2015), Jammu & Kashmir Floods (2014), Uttarakhand flash floods (2013 & 2014) and the Asian Tsunami (2004-08). He’s widely travelled across India, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh, and photographed stories on environmental conservation, human rights, gender, tribal rights etc. His work has been featured in various national and international publications. De mostly works for international not for profits and cultural organisations. He lives in New Delhi.





  • MA Photojournalism, School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, London, U.K (2009-10)

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi, India (2003-04)

  • Bachelor of Commerce, Calcutta University, Kolkata, India (1999-2001)


  • WaterAid, Merck for Mothers, UNDP, Oxfam India, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), World Vision India, WWF-UK, WWF-India, CARE India, Greenpeace, Rotary International, Save The Children Finland, Save The Children Bal Raksha Bharat, ABT Associates, Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation, Plan India, Room To Read, Sesame Workshop, Saferworld Communications, DanChurch Aid, Christian Aid, Leprosy Mission India Trust


  • QUEST (Netherland), TERRA Mater, The Indian Quarterly, Mashable, Better Photography, Fountain Ink, The Caravan, Marie Claire India, Motherland, Outlook Traveller, The Indian Express, The Hindu, The Sunday Guardian, Scroll, Down To Earth, Discover India, Swagat, India Today Travel Plus, Jetwings, Hindustan Times, Amateur Photographer (UK), Islands (USA), Business Standard, Sahara Times, Khabar (USA), Trikone (USA), Dignity Dialogues





  • 2019 Imagined Homeland at FORMAT International Photography Festival, Derby, U.K. 15 March- 14 April

  • 2018 Imagined Homeland at Tblisi Photo Festival - Night of Projections, Tbilisi, Georgia

  • 2018 Imagined Homeland at Indian Photography Festival, Hyderabad, India, 6 Sept-7 Oct

  • 2018 Imagined Homeland at Voies Off Awards, Arles, France, 2-7 July

  • 2018 Imagined Homeland at 'Eyes on India' by Eyes on Main Street Wilson at Imagination Station, April 21 to July 29, 2018

  • 2017 SCOPE featuring 'Between Grief and Nothing', Goethe-Institut, Mumbai

  • 2016 'Between Grief and Nothing', Econtros Da Imagem 'Discovery Award- Projections', Braga, Portugal

  • 2016 'Between Grief and Nothing', Photo Kathmandu, Taragaon Museum, Kathmandu, Nepal

  • 2016 SCOPE: The Nepal Issue featuring 'Between Grief and Nothing', Goethe-Institut, New Delhi

  • 2012 I Get by Diesel Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • 2010 Crossing Currents Ambika-P3 Gallery, London


  • 2014 Rebuild Uttarakhand, DLF Cyberhub, Produced by Oxfam India & DLF Foundation, New Delhi

  • 2014 Rebuild Uttarakhand, produced by Oxfam India, Select Citywalk Mall, New Delhi

  • 2014 Rebuild Uttarakhand, produced by Oxfam India. DELL Art Gallery, New Delhi



  • Speaker at ‘Fourth Pillar: India Journalism Week’ on Art & Journalism moderated by Prof. Laura Letinsky (The University of Chicago), in conversation with Sharbendu De, Anita Khemka, and Ranu Roychoudhuri (IIT Guwahati) at the University of Chicago Centre, New Delhi, 16 December’ 2018

  • Masterclass 'Exploring Alternative Storytelling', Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, for Woodpecker International Film Festival, New Delhi, July' 2017

  • Ways of Seeing part of a 11-week Course ‘History and Genres of Indian Photography’ by Sanskriti Pratishthan and The Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi, March' 2017

  • 'State of Photojournalism' - Workshop for African Journalists at AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, March’ 2017

  • 'Exploring Alternative Ways of Storytelling' at SACAC, New Delhi, Aug’ 2016

  • Artist talk on my series Between Grief and Nothing at Geothe Institut, New Delhi, 25th April’ 2016

  • 'Brief History Of Looking & Photojournalism' at Delhi College of Arts & Commerce, Delhi University, New Delhi, Feb’ 2016

  • 'Photography in Humanitarian Emergencies' at World Vision India's South Asia level Communications Workshop, New Delhi, March’ 2015

  • Two-day talk on 'Documentary photography & Human Rights' at IIT Bombay, 2014

  • Three-series lecture 'Photography & Human Rights' at APEX, New Delhi, July’ 2014



Portfolio reviewer/Critique:

  • Critique-on-invite to the 2017 Graduation Show of Documentary Photography students, Sri Aurobindo Centre for Art & Communication, New Delhi, December' 2017

  • External Evaluator to PG Diploma in Still Photography Programme, AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, 2016

  • Portfolio Reviewer, Delhi Photo Festival, Nov’ 2015

Photobook making & Editing:

  • Co-conducted six-day 'Editing and Photobook Making' workshop with Sanjeev Saith for MA Convergent Journalism, AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, 24-29 Nov' 2017

  • Conducted five-day workshop on ‘Visual Storytelling and Photobook Making’ for MA Development Communication, AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, May' 2017

  • Co-conducted five-day ‘Editing & Story telling’ workshop with Erik Vroons (Editor-at-Large, GUP Magazine), AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi; November’ 2016

  • Conducted five-day workshop on ‘Visual Storytelling and Photobook Making’ for MA Convergent Journalism, AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, November' 2015

  • Conducted five-day workshop on ‘Visual Storytelling and Photobook Making’ for MA Convergent Journalism, AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, November' 2014


  • Photobook Making - philosophy and language by Dayanita Singh, Saligao, Goa, India, 2018

  • Hijacking Reality by Boris Eldagsen, Chobimela VII, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2017


  • Artists-in-conversation - Amit Pasricha, Amita Mehra and Dinesh Khanna on Photographing India, at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Art & Communication, New Delhi, July 2018

  • Artists-in-conversation- Ravi Agarwal and Sharbendu De, at AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Nov' 2017

  • Moderated artist talks and interactions with Roger Ballen, Regina Anzenberger, Rob Hornstra & Arnold Van Bruggen, Raghu Rai & Swapan Parekh for Delhi Photo Festival, New Delhi, 2015

Academic Advisor- Course design:

  • Conference panelist 'Pedagogy and Practice- Deliberating Photographic Education in India' at NID, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, 2017

  • Redesigned photography syllabus of PG Diploma in Advertising & Public Relations course at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Art & Communication, New Delhi, 2017

  • Redesigned photography (GE2) & photojournalism (DSE3) syllabus, Delhi University, 2016

  • Redesigned photojournalism syllabus MA Development Communication, AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 2015

  • Redesigned photojournalism syllabus MA Convergent Journalism of AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 2012