Award-winning photographer Sarah Blesener is a photographer very drawn the question of how we form identities at a young age. In this clip, Sarah goes into the work she has done around this question, documenting the lives of teens in the Bronx, as well as encouraging them to document their own lives with their own poloroid and disposable cameras.
This interview was conducted by PhotoWings in partnership with The Alexia Foundation
Sarah Blesener is a documentary photographer based in New York City. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she studied Linguistics and Youth Development at North Central University. While in University, she worked as a photographer for the organization Healing Haiti based in Port au Prince, Haiti, covering events surrounding the 2010 earthquake. Upon graduation in 2012, she studied at Bookvar Russian Academy in Minneapolis, concentrating on the Russian language. She is a recent graduate of the Visual Journalism and Documentary Practice program at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her latest work revolves around issues of youth movements and culture in Russia, Eastern Europe, and the United States. In 2017, she was awarded the prestigious CatchLight Fellowship for her project Toy Soldiers, about rising nationalism among youth in the U.S. and Russia, for which she was also awarded The Alexia Foundation 2017 grant.