Shahria Sharmin is a freelance photographer based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. After doing her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Dhaka, Sharmin pursued further study at Pathshala South Asian Media Academy in Bangladesh where she became fascinated with the social history of photography and the evolution of identity, sexuality and gender in relationship to material culture.
Call me Heena, Sharmin’s ongoing project, takes her interest in photography’s connection with identity to explore and express the diversity of human experience. In 2014, she was awarded second place in the Alexia Foundation student grant for the project and Call me Heena was also selected for Open Society Foundation, Moving Walls 23 group exhibition in 2015.
Other awards and honours have included being recognized by International Photographer of the Year IPOTY and Magnum Photography Award 2017. Call me Heena was shortlisted for the first Women Photograph grant 2017 in conjunction with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.