About me

It's often the frayed edges of a story

that draw my attention,

where vulnerability and fragility reside

alongside hope and resilience.

Sarah Hickson

About me

I’m a London-based arts and social documentary photographer, working in the UK and internationally.

My visual narratives focus on themes of displacement, belonging and community, and the relationship between people, place and environment. It’s often the frayed edges of a story that draw my attention, where threads from the past unravel in the present, and where vulnerability and fragility reside alongside hope and resilience.

I’m interested in exploring the intersection between photography, creative process and performance. Before turning to photography full-time, I had a career in the arts as a producer and consultant. I held senior positions with the British Council in Paris, English National Opera, Michael Clark Company and Southbank Centre, working with artists to bring their projects to fruition. From the performing arts to literature, and from small-scale enterprises to international festivals, this perspective on the power of the arts to move, challenge and inspire us, continues to inform my photographic practice.

After living in Paris for six years, I returned to London, continuing to travel widely. Commissions, residencies and personal projects have taken me to Africa (Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Morocco, the Sahara Desert), India, New York, across Europe and around the UK. I regularly collaborate with organisations focusing on humanitarian and social issues, as well as with artists, festivals and cultural institutions.

I have had solo exhibitions in New York City, London, Galway, Paris, Edinburgh and Bamako, and my photographs have been featured in group shows and widely published in the international press.

"With her rare combination of performance, photojournalism and context, Sarah brings forth a humane and beautiful world as she sees it, for others to see; a world increasingly out of focus."

Susan Feldman, Artistic Director, St. Ann's Warehouse, New York

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Organisations and people I've collaborated with include:

12 Star Gallery / Activate Performing Arts / Art Earth Tech / Bristol Makes Music /
Canal and River Trust / Certain Blacks Festival / Circus Hub, Underbelly /
Clowns Without Borders UK / Crying in the Wilderness Productions /
Danse Bamako Dense, Mali / Daoulaba Festival, Mali / DOEN Foundation /
Donko Seko, Mali / Dulwich Literary Festival / eeg Cowles Foundation /
Farnham Maltings / FITD, Burkina Faso / Fuzzy Records /
Galway International Arts Festival / Good Chance Theatre /
Guildhall School of Music & Drama / Hellion Trace / Hive Records /
Indigo Press / Inside Out Dorset / Jagriti Yatra, India / Kettly Noël /
Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra / La Factory, Senegal / London Artists Projects /
London Symphony Orchestra / Marsh Agency / National Youth Jazz Collective /
National Centre for Writing / New Public / NOW Events / Nwando Ebizie /
OH Creative Space / Pixelini Festival, Mali / RADA / Recréatrales, Burkina Faso /
Refugee Tales / Root Experience / Royal Academy of Music / Seagull Books /
Soundcastle / Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Romania / Southbank Centre /
St. Ann's Warehouse, NYC / Studio three sixty / Taragalte Festival, Morocco /
The Calais Sessions / Together Productions / United Photo Industries, NYC /
Women for Refugee Women