Sarah Christianson (b. 1982) grew up on a four-generation family farm in eastern North Dakota. Immersed in this vast and expansive landscape, she developed a deep-rooted affinity for the Great Plains. This connection to place has a profound effect on her work. Despite moving to San Francisco in 2009, her photographs continue to document the subtleties and nuances of the Midwestern landscape and experience.
Christianson holds an MFA in photography from the University of Minnesota. Her work can be found in the collections of several institutions in the Midwest and the National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen, Denmark. She has also received grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Christianson’s first book, "Homeplace" (Daylight Books, 2013), documents the history and uncertain future of her family’s farm by interweaving her images with old snapshots and historical documents culled from her personal archive. Her current project, "When the Landscape is Quiet Again," examines the oil boom that is currently transforming western North Dakota.