Sarah Stacke is an American photographer whose personal work develops intimate stories about people living in under-resourced and under-represented communities created by intersections of history, culture, and geography. She often spends time with a person or community over the course of months or years and is interested in the generational impact of forced geographical relocations. Sarah creates bodies of work in which she seeks to understand how we navigate relationships against the backdrop of our circumstances.
In 2012 Sarah received a master’s degree from Duke University tailored to analyze photographic representations of sub-Saharan Africa. As a 2014-2015 Lewis Hine Fellow she worked with exalt, an organization based in Brooklyn, New York that serves court-involved youth. She teaches documentary practice at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies and the International Center of Photography. Sarah has written about photography for publications including Aperture, Photo District News, and National Geographic.
Her editorial clients and personal photography projects have taken her around the world with a particular emphasis on South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and within the U.S.A, Cherokee, North Carolina and the Bronx, New York. Along the way she has worked with institutions like The New York Times, The New Yorker, Al Jazeera, UN Women, Open Society Foundations, and Planned Parenthood.