Bio

Sara Macel (b.1981, Houston TX) is an artist and freelance photographer. After earning her B.F.A. in Photography & Imaging at NYU, she spent two years as Bruce Davidson’s studio manager and five years producing commercial and editorial photo shoots at Art Department for agent David Maloney’s roster of artists: Platon, Steve McCurry, Robert Maxwell, Christian Witkin, and Rankin. Since leaving that role to pursue her M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts, her work has been internationally exhibited and is in various private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Cleveland Museum of Art, Harry Ransom Center, and the Center of Photography at Woodstock. Sara was named one of PDN's 30 Photographers to Watch in 2015. She is a recipient of the Individual Photographer's Fellowship Grant from the Aaron Siskind Foundation and the Stanley Franzos Award for Emerging Photographer of the Year. Her first monograph, May the Road Rise to Meet You, was published by Daylight Books in 2013, and was named one of PDN’s best photo books of the year in their 2015 Photo Annual. A traveling exhibition of that work was shown in solo shows at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, Houston Center for Photography, and Silver Eye Center for Photography. In addition to her freelance work, Sara currently teaches photography at SUNY Rockland and CUNY Kingsborough. She was an artist-in-residence at The Wassaic Project in upstate New York and was recently awarded a 2017 Light Work residency.  

Her work was recently featured in Huffington PostThe New Yorker, Wired Magazine, Fraction Magazine, and Lenscratch among others. Follow Sara on Instagram and Twitter.

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