I am a documentary and fine art photographer whose work explores magic, myth and folklore. I am based in London but often travel for assignments. My images have been widely exhibited including at The Royal Society of Arts, Christie’s and Towner Art Gallery and featured on the BBC, and in The Guardian and The Sunday Times among others. In 2019, I was shortlisted for the British Photography Awards and in 2018 for the British Life Photography Award and nominated for the Royal Photographic Society Hundred Heroines. Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic (Strange Attractor Press 2016) was shortlisted for the International Photography Awards Book of the Year 2017. My book Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year (Merrell 2011) received the runner-up Katharine Briggs Folklore Award in 2012, and the exhibition of the same title is being toured by the Horniman Museum. I lecture in photography at City, University of London and London Metropolitan University.
“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.
2019 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona
2019 Artist installation, Magickal Women Conference, Baden Powell House, London
2019 Lunation, Charlton House, London
2019 Women Photographers Now, Valid Foto Gallery, Barcelona
2019 12th Pollux Awards, Valid Foto Gallery, Barcelona
2018-19 Women in Focus, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Cardiff
2018-19 The Shutter Hub Open Old Truman Brewery, London, 5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam
2018 Because We Can! Pil’ours International Festival, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France
2018 Time and Tradition, Time Unwrapped 2018, Kings Place, London
2017-18 The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in London, The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History, London
2017 Salon/17, Photofusion, London
2017 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, Museum of Oxford (solo exhibition)
2017 Mummers, Maypoles and Milkmaids: A Journey through the English Ritual Year, The Beacon Museum, Cumbria (solo exhibition)
2019 Honorary Winner 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Portraiture
2019 British Photography Awards, Shortlisted Documentary Photography
2018 British Life Photography Awards, Shorlisted Urban Photography and Photojournalism, Documentary Photography
2018 12th Pollux Award Juried by Philip Brookman, Consulting Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Honorable Mention
2018 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Honorable Mention Still Life
2017 The Katharine Briggs Folklore Award, Shortlisted
2017 International Photo Awards, Honorable Mention
2017 Moscow International Foto Award, Honorable Mention
Visiting lecturer at City, University of London and London Metropolitan University.
2018 Enchanted Encounters: Reaffirming a Magical Heritage. Art, Materiality and Representation. Royal Anthropological Association, British Museum, and SOAS, London
2017 Witchcraft, Magic, and Photography. Contemporary Art and Scholarship on the Esoteric Traditions, NYU
2017 Strange Attractor Artist talk, Supernormal, Braziers Park, Oxfordshire
2017 Of Shadows: Strange Attractor Artist talk, The Horse Hospital, London
2017 Ladybird Cinderella: Your House is on Fire. All about Cinderella: retellings in the cultural imagination, University of Bedfordshire
2017 Numinous, Ritual ‘Litter’ Redressed: The heritage of contemporary deposits, University of Hertfordshire
2017 A Charmed Life – Fertility talismans, healing rituals and funeral tributes at Sancreed and Madron wells in Cornwall, Folklore from the Cradle to the Grave, University of Edinburgh.