Sara Macel

Sara Macel‘s work occupies a niche at the intersection of photography, storytelling and memory. Her breakout success with “May the Road Rise to Meet You,” about her father’s work as a salesman, firmly established her style of “using photography to explore memory and how stories can change over time.” The series emerged from a larger project, her ongoing series “Rodeo Texas,” in which she explores “where I came from and the clichés of Texas, mixed with identifying as a Texan.”

After graduation, Macel spent two years as Bruce Davidson’s studio manager before returning to Texas. When she moved back to New York to work as a producer for the agency Art Department, she continued the “Rodeo Texas” series on vacations to Texas, but with no end date in mind. Seeking more structure, Macel enrolled in the School of Visual Arts’ MFA program. Macel is now teaching and freelancing for editorial and media clients. Last year, she scored her first ad job for M&C Saatchi client Societe Generale, a “complete dream job,” she says, documenting the international bank in her own style. Her biggest challenge now is managing her time as she balances teaching and creating. “That kind of juggling, when it’s all to benefit my career, is such a joy,” she says. “It’s nice to work hard when it’s for yourself.”

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Sara Macel

Constructed Identities

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2015

A group of ten Brooklyn artists explore the theme of ‘Constructed Identities’ through their interaction with the world around them and how the environment and culture shapes how they see themselves.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Sara Macel

Sep 132015

PDN’s 30: Advice for Emerging Photographers from Emerging Photographers

Photographers featured in PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to watch will explain how they got their work seen and noticed, and offer advice for sharing, promoting and getting support for their personal projects.

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Sep 212013

Family Matters

Daylight’s Fall 2013 books all riff on the idea of family. In a panel discussion with the artists we will discuss the pleasures and difficulties of depicting ones close relations. Featuring Sarah Christianson, Henry Jacobson, Sara Macel and Katie Murray. Moderated by Taj Forer and Michael Itkoff.

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