TPS PRESENTS: Smita Sharma

Join us for The Photo Society Presents Smita Sharma on January 30, 2024 at 12:00PM ET. This event is free and open to the public. Please feel free to share the link

Smita Sharma is a Delhi-based photojournalist and speaker 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 The Nature Conservancy, WSJ, TIME, BBC World, Human Rights Watch, Die Zeit among 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 received the Award of Excellence at POY International and the 2023 Lucie Photo Book Prize. 

Smita will give a brief overview of her childhood which largely informed career choice in journalism and how she later progressed into photography. She will discuss her work on gender violence, social justice, and environmental issues from personal projects as well as assignments for Human Rights Watch, National Geographic, TIME among others. She will speak about her project, book and campaign We Cry In Silence and how she has collaborated with police, lawyers, anti-human trafficking organizations to amplify her work and is engaging the public with visual storytelling as a tool for advocacy and change.

The talk will be followed with a Question-and-Answer session moderated by TPS Communications Director Alex Snyder.

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About the author

RANDY OLSON’s 27 National Geographic magazine projects have taken him to many countries in Africa, the Siberian Arctic, Abu Dhabi, American Samoa, Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, Guyana, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kamchatka, Newfoundland, Pakistan, Palmyra, Republic of Georgia, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and the South Pacific.
National Geographic Society published a book of his work in their Masters of Photography series in January 2011. Olson was the 2003 Magazine Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition, and was also awarded POYi’s 1992 Newspaper Photographer of the Year—one of only two photographers to win in both media in the largest photojournalism contest operating continuously since World War II. While working at The Pittsburgh Press, Olson received an Alicia Patterson Fellowship to support a seven-year project documenting a family with AIDS, and a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his story on problems with Section 8 housing. He was also awarded the Nikon Sabbatical and a grant from the National Archives to save the Pictures of the Year collection.
Melissa Farlow and Randy Olson are photojournalists in the documentary tradition. Their work has taken them to 50 countries over the past 20 years. Even though they are published in LIFE, GEO, Smithsonian and other magazines, they have primarily worked on 50 projects for the National Geographic Society. They normally work individually, but have co-produced National Geographic magazine stories on northern California, American national parks, and the Alps. They photographed the southern United States for a book by Collins Publishing and have collaborated on over 70 books by various publishers.