Contact:

de.sharbendu@gmail.com
+91-9999-08-5565

BIOGRAPHY:

 

Sharbendu De is a photographer, academic and writer, based out of New Delhi with over 14 years of experience. He specialises working in high stress conflicts/volatile environments, has worked in seven natural disasters across the South Asian subcontinent including the Nepal earthquakes (2015), Jammu & Kashmir Floods (2014), Uttarakhand flash floods (2013 & 2014) and the Asian Tsunami (2004). He’s widely travelled across India, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh, and photographed stories on environmental conservation, human rights, gender, tribal rights etc.

De is the 2017 recipient of the Arts Research grant from the India Foundation for the Arts, was shortlisted for Lucie Foundation’s ‘Photo Made Scholarship 2017’ and was a nominee for Photography Grant’s culture segment for his ongoing person project Imagined Homeland (2013-). His fictional series Between Grief and Nothing (2015-16)’ has been exhibited in Econtros da Imagem, Photo Kathmandu, Geothe Institut in New Delhi and Mumbai. De's artistic work has been featured in GUP Magazine, Der Greif, LensCulture, Invisible Photographer Asia, Dodho Magazine, Creative Image and PIX Quarterly. De has further exhibited in UK, Portugal, Nepal, and across India. His reportage work has been featured in various leading national and international publications. De mostly works for NGOs and cultural organisations, and has worked for various international NGOs.

De's engagement with academics had led to him teaching documentary photography and visual arts at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia University (2012 onwards), New Delhi, and Sri Aurobindo Centre for Art & Communication, New Delhi among other places. He's lectured in Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Delhi University, Sri Aurobindo Centre for Art & Communication and IIT Bombay among other places. He is regularly invited to deliver artist talks, lectures, and workshops on photography & visual arts across different art and academic institutions in India. 

 

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CV    

EDITORIAL PUBLICATIONS:

  • The Indian Quarterly
  • TERRA Mater
  • Mashable
  • 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

 

NGO CLIENTS:

  • 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

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AWARDS:

  • 2017 Recipient, Arts Research Grant, India Foundation for the Arts, for Imagined Homeland
  • 2017 Shortlisted for Lucie Foundation’s ‘Photo Made Scholarship' for Imagined Homeland
  • 2017 Nominee, 'Photography Grant's' culture segment for Imagined Homeland

 

EXHIBITIONS:

SOLO

  • 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

GROUP

  • (UPCOMING) 2018 'Eyes on India' upcoming exhibition 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

 

ARTIST TALKS & LECTURES:

  • 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

 

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS:

Photobook making & Editing:

  • Co-conducted six-day 'Editing and Photobook Making' workshop with photobook editor 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

Lighting & Aesthetics:

  • Eight-day ‘Basic Photography and Lighting’ at SACAC, Aug’ 2017
  • Two-day ‘Storytelling beyond Composition; at Delhi University, Aug' 2017
  • Five-day ‘Lighting techniques & Aesthetics for storytelling’ workshop at SACAC, Mar’ 2017
  • Conducted a three-day ‘Outdoor lighting’ workshop at SACAC, Oct’ 2016
  • Assisted Masterclass conducted by Olivia Arthur (Magnum Photos) and Philipp Ebeling (FishBar) for Delhi Photo Festival at British Council, New Delhi, 27-29 Oct’ 2015

Portfolio reviews/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

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

Moderation:

  • 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

Workshops Attended:

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

 

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EDUCATION:

  • 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)