Sri Utami was born in a small fisherman village in Central Java, Indonesia. For the first 23 years of her life Sri lived in her home country before moving to Canada to pursue her dream of studying photography at Algonquin College in Ottawa. After graduating, she managed to grab the attention of leading Canadian photographer Shin Sugino and breaking into the male dominated field of commercial photography where she gained her experience as a photographer and digital artist.
Sri later switched to her passion: humanitarian and documentary photography. For the past six years she has been working on projects in disaster, conflict and post-conflict zones all around the world including Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon and Indian Kashmir covering social and environmental issues for the UNICEF, UNDP, UNOPS, Aga Khan Foundation, as well as other NGOs and media clients.
Her recent work has won awards from the international photo magazine Applied Arts for her ‘Afghan Portrait’ series.
Recently, Sri has consciously made a decision to return to her native Indonesia to share her skills and experience to her fellow citizens. She gives her spare time as a volunteer photography teacher for underprivileged children in Bali where she now lives. Her students have been learning about photography as a means of expression and creativity, and their four exhibitions looking at public facilities through the eyes of children have received national critical acclaim.