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SARAH PABST

ABOUT SARAH PABST

Sarah Pabst is a German-born photojournalist and visual storyteller based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 


Her work focuses on women, human rights, and environmental issues. She also works on long-term autobiographical personal projects on motherhood, grief, and the interconnected relationship between humans and nature. Sarah is a National Geographic Explorer, and fellow and grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. She is a member of Ayün Fotógrafas, a collective of eight women photographers united by Latin America and forms also part of Women Photograph, Foto-Féminas, and Journal Collective.


In 2022, Obscura commissioned her to photograph for The World Today, an NFT project of 139 photographers documenting their world. In the same year, she was a mentor for the Women Photograph Mentorship Program. In 2021, she published her first book, Morning Song, with Raya Editorial, a deeply personal story on motherhood, lockdown, pregnancy loss, and love, that was a finalist of the Lucie Photo Book Awards and named one of the 25 best books of 2021 by the Photographic Museum of Humanity.

Her work is regularly published in numerous international outlets such as The New York Times, National Geographic, Time, Financial Times Magazine, Washington Post, Zeit, Der Spiegel, The Wall Street Journal, California Sunday Magazine, Bloomberg Market Magazine, Vice, GUP and Le Monde, among others. Sarah is a regular contributor to Bloomberg News. Her work was shown in different exhibitions worldwide in countries such as Argentina, Germany, Greece, Brazil, and Mexico.

She has received numerous awards, grants, and recognitions, including Picture of the Year Latam (POY Latam) (2021 & 2023), Photographer of the Year 2021 & 2023 (Second prize & finalist); Festival della Fotografia Etica (Honorable Mention, Spotlight Award 2023), Women Photographer Grant of the Photographic Museum of Humanity (2nd Prize, 2022); Picture of the Year International (POYi) 2021 in the Covid-19 Personal Expression category for her project Morning Song (Second prize), NY Portfolio Reviews (2021  and 2024), National Geographic Emergency Fund for Journalists (2020), XXXIII Eddie Adams Masterclass (2020), Lensculture Emerging Talent Awards (2017), Burn /Magnum Foundation - Emerging Photographer Grant (2017), Arles' Voies Off (Finalist, 2017), Organ Vida Festival ( Winner, 2017), and Gomma Grant ( Finalist, 2017). 

Her work was further awarded an Honorable Mention at the International Photography Awards (IPA) two times bronze at the Paris Photo Awards (PX3) and a Juror Pick at the Daylight Awards 2021. She was  twice nominated for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award (2022 and 2024), three times for the Joop Swart Masterclass (2017, 2018, 2019), a winner of the Portfolio Revisions at FoLa (2016) and selected twice for Descubrimientos Photo España. In 2015 she won the 3rd Prize at the POY Latam and was awarded with the Canon New Talents award in 2014. Since 2015, she's been a featured Instagram photographer.

As a speaker, Sarah has presented her work and career with different organizations, such as the National Geographic Society, Disney, Hidden Compass, Women Photograph, and several Universities in the US, Mexico, and Argentina.

Sarah completed a Bachelor's / Master's Degree in Fine Arts, Spanish, and Education at the University of Cologne and the University of Wuppertal in Germany, where she worked as an adjunct teacher for photography at the University of Wuppertal from 2012-2015 She also taught workshops in Santa Talleres in Buenos Aires in 2019. Throughout the years, she has continued developing her professional skills as a photographer taking workshops with Antoine D'Agata, Yumi Goto, Ana Casas Broda, and Veronica Fieiras. 

“To me, photography is a way to tell someone’s story through your very subjective and emotional view. I am not interested in the big issues, but in the small stories of people anyone would listen to. To these people that let me be a part of their lives for a moment that can be a miserable, difficult or also euphoric one, I have a responsibility."



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