Shara graduated from a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at RMIT in 2004, then moved to New York to begin an internship with Mary Ellen Mark. From New York, Shara moved to London to begin her freelance photography career, whilst running the photo studio for a major national newspaper. In 2012, Shara moved to Melbourne and continues too work commercially.
Shara’s editorial and commercial clients include The Financial Times Weekend Magazine and Newspaper (UK), The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Art House, Studio Round, M&C Saatchi, The Shannon Group, Deakin University, Self Titled Design, Frankie Magazine, Qanats, The Guardian Weekend Magazine and Clemenger BBDO.
In 2005, Shara won the Schweppes National Portrait Prize for her image ‘Girl With Baby, Poland’, and was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, London. She was again shortlisted for this prize in 2007, and participated in numerous group exhibitions at The National Portrait Gallery. Shara has held two solo exhibitions featuring here documentary portrait work, and continues to pursue personal photographic projects.
Shara currently teaches Creative Industries - Studio Practice at Photography Studies College (PSC) in Melbourne.
Photography Studies College (Melbourne) is a division of Photography Holdings Pty. Ltd.
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