Sarah Hadley

Sarah Hadley

Born: 1966, Boston, MA

Biography and Information

Sarah Hadley layers black-and-white photographs to convey whimsical narratives and feminine tropes. Inspired by 1960s European cinema and surrealist photographers, she uses multiple exposures to create dreamlike scenes that often juxtapose an image of a woman in an interior or landscape. The Story Lines series explores the intimate joys, sorrows, dreams, and desires of the artist’s experience being a woman. 

Sarah Hadley grew up on the fourth floor of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where her father worked as the director. The influence of art and architecture found in the 15th-century Venetian palace-style museum is palpable in her work. In addition to being an artist, Sarah Hadley founded Filter Photo Festival in Chicago. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in Portugal, Argentina, Australia, China, and Spain. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

I think of all my work as self-portraiture, as I am drawn to explore the ethereal and to create photographs based on what I feel and remember. I believe that art offers us a way to dialog with our past and to access our emotions.  
—Sarah Hadley from Catalyst: Interview with Michael Kirchoff

Georgetown University
Corcoran College of Art

Select Solo Exhibitions
Story Lines, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Story Lines, dnj Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Lost Venice, Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, TX

Lost Venice, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, MA

The Ragdale House, Durand Gallery, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

Everything Matters, Chicago Photography Center, Chicago, IL
The Ragdale House Speaks, The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL

Lost Venice, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, IL

Recent Group Exhibitions
Building Bridges Art Exchange
A Yellow Rose Project, Staniar Gallery, Washington & Lee University, St. Louis, MO
Collaborating with the Archive, juried by Mary Statzer, Filter Space, Chicago, IL
Huo Bao Zhu Gallery, Troy University, Troy, AL
Stonehenge Gallery, 3rd Annual Photography Exhibition
Arte en la Naturaleza, Curated by Marisa Caicholo, Museo de la Naturaleza, Cantabria, Spain
A Yellow Rose Project, The Faye G., Jo, and James Stone Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA

Florida Museum of Photographic Art,
 A Yellow Rose Project, CPAC, Denver, CO
womenSeewomen, Chateau de LaLande, France
PhotoLA, dnj Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
All Women Are Dangerous II, Building Bridges Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

UPAG, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Tampa, FL
Summertime Salon, Robin Rice Gallery
WomenSeeWomen, Miami Art Fair,
Building Bridges Art Exchange, PhotoLA, 
photoSCHWEIZ 19, Zurich, Switzerland,

Fotofever Art Fair, Paris, France
WomenSeeWomen, Porto Photo Festival, Porto, Portugal

The Baltimore Museum of Art Library, Baltimore, MD
Bloomingdales, New York, NY
The Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins, CO
The Clark Institute Library, Williamstown, Massachusetts, CA
Comer Archive, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
The Getty Research Institute Library, Los Angeles, CA
Governor’s Mansion, Bermuda
Griffin Museum Library, Winchester, MA
Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, IL
Lishui Photographic Museum. Lishui, China
Los Angeles Center of Photography Library, Los Angeles, CA
Mesa Refuge, Pt. Reyes, CA
National Museum of Women in the Arts Library, Washington, DC
Singer Lewak, Los Angeles and San Jose, CA
The United Center, Chicago, IL
The US Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Westin Hapuna Beach, Kamiela, HI

2021 Silver Book Award for Lost Venice, Toyko Photo Awards
2017 Critical Mass Top 200, Photolucida, Portland
2016 Juror’s Honorable Mention, A.Smith Gallery exhibition “Light”
2016 California Center for Cultural Innovation Artist Quick Grant
2012 Semi-finalist, Palm Springs Photo Festival Slide show contest
2011 First Place, Cityscapes, The Pollux Awards,
2010 Honorable Mention, Urban Landscape, Worldwide Gala Photography Awards
2006, 2007 & 2009 Awarded a fellowship at the Ragdale Foundation
2007 2nd & 3rd Place, Creative Images Fine Art Photography
2007 Honorable Mention, Prix de la Photographie, Paris
2006, 2003 Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant
2005 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Finalist Grant
2003 Illinois Arts Council Assistance Grant

Phlogger.UK podcast, August, 2021
The Candid Frame podcast, 2020
Asymmetric Magazine, March, 2020
SoCal Photo Exchange, February, 2019
L’Oeil de la Photographie, February, 2019
Foto Magazin, March, 2019
The Hand Magazine, June, 2018
Eroding Venice, A Photographer’s Story of Impermanence, Edge of Humanity, 2018
Klassik Magazine, January 2018
ZOOM der Photoblog, December, 2018
ELLE Italia, November 2018
Feature Shoot, November, 2018
L’Oeil de la Photographie, October, 2018
Photo District News – The Moods of Summer, June, 2017
Don’t Take Pictures, Photo of the Day, June, 2017
What Will You Remember?, April, 2017
Underexposed Magazine, December, 2017
Exposure Magazine, June, 2017
L’Oeil de la Photographie, May, 2016
Black and White Magazine, UK, December, 2016
The Oxford American, Summer, 2016
Streithouse Space, Late Summer Issue, 2015
Spiritus Magazine, Johns Hopkins University, Summer, 2015
Le Monde, Paris, October, 2015
Artribune, Paris, October, 2015
NewsArtToday, Italy, November, 2015
Photo District News, Sisterhood, September, 2015
SilverShotz Magazine, May, 2015
DotPhotoZine, May, 2015
What Will You Remember, March, 2015
Photo District News, The Fine Art Issue, July, 2014
The Photo Collector, Vol. XXXV, No. 6, June, 2014
RangeFinder Magazine, March, 2014
Photo District News – Emerging Photographer, January, 2014
Spiritus Journal, Johns Hopkins University, 2007 & 2015
SHOTS Magazine, Issues #72, 83 & 96, (1997 & 2002, 2007, 2015)

A Yellow Rose Project, Texas A&M Press, 2022
Lost Venice, (monograph) Damiani Editore 2020
California Love: A Visual Mix Tape, LACP Publishing, 2020
The Ragdale House Speaks, The Ragdale Foundation, 2010

Press Release
2022 Sarah Hadley • Story Lines at Richard Levy Gallery