Sarah Mei Herman was born in Amsterdam in 1980. She studied photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in The Hague, from which she received her BA in 2005. In 2010 she completed her MA in Photography at The Royal College of Art in London. Sarah Mei Herman has received several grants from Mondriaan Fund and Prins Bernard Cultuur Fund. Her work has been shown internationally, among others at The National Portrait Gallery in London and at Le Chateau dâ€™Eau in Toulouse. Most recently her work was selected for the Jimei x Arles International Photofestival 2016 in Xiamen, China. In 2010 her ongoing series "Julian and Jonathan" was selected for the Talent issue of Foam Magazine.
In her work she explores relationships and intimacy between people. The closeness between them or what sets them apart, and the necessity of physical proximity to others.
Her main focus is on the intimacy within the family, with a special interest in sibling relationships, which partly comes from the fact that she grew up without and as a child she always wondered what it would be like to have a brother or sister. Now as an adult, she finds herself observing siblings, repeatedly photographing them; trying to get a closer understanding of what this familial intimacy means.
Recurring themes in her work are the transitions and continual changes young people go through on their way to adulthood. She is drawn to the intensity, vulnerability and sometimes loneliness of these stages. An equally recurring theme is the grey area between friendship and love, and the ambiguity of relationships in certain stages of life.