Sara Hannant is an award-winning artist and photographer. Her books include Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey Through the English Ritual Year (Merrell, 2011), which became the subject of a Horniman Museum touring exhibition, and Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic with Simon Costin (Strange Attractor Press, 2016).
Her photographs have been featured on the BBC, Zeit, Atlas Obscura, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The British Journal of Photography, among others. She has exhibited internationally including The Royal Society of Arts, Christie’s, and Towner Gallery in the UK. Group exhibitions in 2023 include A State of Consciousness, Galerie La Grande Vitrine, Arles, France, and The Royal Photographic Society International Exhibition (IPE) 164.
Sara’s practice began in the documentary tradition, which she continues to explore and expand through experimental and collaborative approaches. She recognises the diverse expressive possibilities of photography and uses analogue, digital and alternative processes. She graduated in Art in the Social Context at Dartington College of Arts in 1984, Documentary Photography at Newport Art College in 1988 and MA in Transnational Art at UAL in 2010. Since 2010 she has been a visiting lecturer at City, University of London.
Recent awards and nominations
2023 Siena Creative Photo Awards, Fine Art: Experimental, Shortlisted
2023 20th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Professional Cell Phone Series, Winner
2022 19th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Alternative Processes Series, Winner
2022 18th Pollux Awards, Alternative Processes, Series, Winner
2022 17th Pollux Awards, Alternative Processes, Series, Winner
2022 18th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Alternative Processes, Series, Runner-up
2021 17th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Alternative Processes, Series, Runner-up
2021 Selected Best of Show International Photography Awards, IPA Jury Top 5 and Country Pick: United Kingdom
2021 International Photography Awards, Professional Analog/Film, Other, 2nd Place
2021 PX3 – Prix de la Photographie, Paris, Fine Art, Nature, Honourable Mention
2020 15th Pollux Awards, Alternative Processes Series, Winner
2020 Siena Creative Photo Awards 2020, Shortlist
2019 British Photography Awards, Documentary Photography, Shortlist
2019 British Life Photography Awards 2018, Urban Life, Documentary Series, and Photojournalism, Shortlist
Full CV available on request
‘Sara Hannant shows a keen eye for the unexpected but never allows that to detract from her subjects. Some of the images have a spontaneous immediacy while others introduce more depth and measured aesthetic – unfussy and beautifully shot.’ Gervase Gordon, London Art.