Smita Sharma

Smita Sharma

Smita Sharma is a Delhi based photojournalist who has documented social justice, sexual crimes, human trafficking, and environmental issues in the Global South through long-form visual narratives. Smita is a TED fellow, TED Speaker, and an IWMF reporting fellow. For “Stolen Lives”, her in-depth work documenting sex trafficking in India and Bangladesh for National Geographic Magazine, she received the Amnesty International Media Award and the Fetisov Journalism Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting. Her work has been published in National Geographic Magazine, The Nature Conservancy, WSJ, TIME, BBC World, Human Rights Watch, and Die Zeit, amongst many others, and exhibited globally including at the UN Headquarters in New York. Smita is actively engaged in public speaking, victim advocacy, and international public education. Her book We Cry In Silence, documenting cross-border trafficking of underage girls in South Asia (FotoEvidence), received the Award of Excellence at POY International and the 2023 Lucie Photo Book Prize in the Independent Category.

Photo credit: Dinesh Khanna

Current Exhibitions Featuring Smita Sharma

We Cry In Silence

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
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We Cry In Silence investigates cross-border trafficking of underage girls in South Asia for sex work and domestic servitude, and is an attempt to visibilise overlooked girls condemned to cry in silence.

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Current Events Featuring Smita Sharma

Jun 142024

Deep Dive: “Telling Long-term Stories”

We all know the challenge: you have an idea for a long-term project, but what next?

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Smita Sharma

Jun 12024


INSPIRED LIVE provides a platform for a unique group of cross-disciplined artists and industry professionals to reveal their sources of inspiration. In these fast-paced, 6-minute presentations, speakers select 15 images which stay on screen for 20 seconds each.

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