Sarah Mei Herman


Sarah Mei Herman was born in Amsterdam in 1980. She studied photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in The Hague, from which she received her BA in 2005. In 2010 she completed her MA in Photography at The Royal College of Art in London. Sarah Mei Herman has received several grants from Mondriaan Fund and Prins Bernard Cultuur Fund. Her work has been shown internationally, among others at The National Portrait Gallery in London and at Le Chateau d’Eau in Toulouse. In 2010 her ongoing series Julian and Jonathan was selected for Foam Talent. In 2017 Herman's work was shown at La Nuit des Images at Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne and at the Jimei x Arles International Photofestival 2016 and 2017 in Xiamen, China. Also she was selected as a finalist for the Hyères International Festival of Fashion and Photography 2018 where she received the American Vintage Photography Prize 2018. This November she was also awarded Growing up is an important theme in my work, mainly focusing on young adolescents; on their constant state of becoming; trying to capture the fleeting beauty of the continual changes they go through on their way to adulthood. Recurring themes in my work are the transitions and continual changes young people go through on their way to adulthood. I am drawn to the intensity, vulnerability and sometimes loneliness of these stages. An equally recurring theme is the grey area between friendship and love, and the ambiguity of relationships in certain stages of life.

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