Sarah Stacke is a documentary photographer dedicated to developing intimate stories about intersections of culture, history, and geography that have created marginalized communities. One of her current projects takes place in Western North Carolina where she photographs the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. She is also working on Love From Manenberg, a long-form documentary project in Cape Town, South Africa, and another project in the Democratic Republic of Congo where she’s developing an archival resource in collaboration with photographers and families in Kinshasa. Sarah hopes her series move the viewer beyond the individual lives and specific moments recorded into larger, deeper truths.
In addition to making photographs, Sarah teaches and generates projects that ask viewers to think critically about cross-cultural visual literacy at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies.
Sarah has written about photography for The New York Times Lens Blog and the Nasher Museum. She is the curator of exhibitions including Keep All You Wish: The Photographs of Hugh Mangum and AfriPost: Epistolary Journeys of African Pictures.
In 2012 she received a Master of Arts from Duke University tailored to research photographic representations of sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora.
In September 2014 Sarah will begin working as a Lewis Hine Fellow in New York City, partnering with Exalt Youth, an organization serving youth in the criminal justice system.
Clients and publications include The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, Marie Claire, Planned Parenthood, YMCA, KARIBU Kinshasa, HOPE Cape Town, and SONKE Gender Justice Network.
She began her career as an assistant to Burt Glinn of Magnum Photos.
Lastly, Sarah organizes a gathering for photographers called BYOPV (bring your own photo & video), and she would love for you to join.