From Chaya Babu’s piece for India in New York:
Sharma’s move to New York was in 2009, but she had come to the United States initially in 2001 to get her BFA in Media Studies and Still Photography from Columbus College of Art and Design (though she already had one bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications from SVT College in India). She stayed in Ohio even after finishing a degree, working at a media company where she shot a diverse range of photographs of what she felt was quintessential American culture: From Metallica to country folks making apple butter to high school students learning in the classroom. She recalls that her transition from there to New York gave her an area of expertise–people–that she wouldn’t have found otherwise. “Having a ‘focus’ is kind of a new thing in Bombay,” Sharma says, once she arrives and talks about her career over coffee.