Sharbendu De is a lens-based artist, academic and a writer. His work explores intersections between documentary and conceptual approaches while he searches for a contemporary vocabulary.
De’s six-year-long project Imagined Homeland received Lucie Foundation’s Photo Made Scholarship 2018 for conceptual work, and Art Research Grant from the India Foundation for the Arts (2017). He was also shortlisted for Lucie Foundation’s Emerging Artist of the Year Scholarship 2018. Imagined Homeland has been exhibited at the Indian Photography Festival, Hyderabad (Sept), Tblisi Photo Festival, Georgia (Sept), Voies Off Awards 2018, Les Recontres d’Arles in Arles, and Eyes on India by Eyes on Main Street Wilson, USA (2018); it was shortlisted for Athens Photo Festival (2018), Lucie Foundation’s Photo Made Scholarship (2017), and was a Nominee, ‘photography Grant (2017).
De’s fictional series Between Grief and Nothing (2015-16)’ was exhibited in Econtros da Imagem (2016), Photo Kathmandu (2017) and Geothe Institut (New Delhi, 2016; Mumbai, 2017). It was cited in WITNESS (a World Press Photo magazine), featured in GUP, LensCulture, Invisible Photographer Asia, PIX Quarterly, Der Greif, Dodho etc. and referenced in academic journals and by young photographers. He has exhibited in France, USA, Portugal, UK, Nepal and across India.
De has worked in seven natural disasters till date including the Nepal earthquakes (2015), Jammu & Kashmir Floods (2014), Uttarakhand Flash Floods (2013 & 2014) and the Asian Tsunami (2004-08).
He has an MA in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster, London (2010) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (2004), New Delhi. Since the last seven years, he has been teaching photojournalism, documentary photography and Visual Arts at AJK MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and Sri Aurobindo Centre for Art & Communication (2016-) among other cultural and educational institutions including Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Sanskriti Pratisthan, IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad, Woodpecker Masterclass, Delhi University etc.
He has been widely published and has worked with many international organizations including UNDP, WWF-UK, WWF-India, CARE India, Oxfam, Save The Children etc. De grew up in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and presently lives in New Delhi.