Sara Hylton | Ancestries of Interest

Country of origin: Canada
Project location: United States
Program: Magnum Foundation Fellowship
Year: 2015


Hylton graduated from the International Center of Photography and Kings College London (Master of Arts, International Conflict Studies) before beginning her career focusing on issues around gender, vulnerable communities, and Indigenous people internationally. Hylton has received multiple grants and fellowships from Magnum Foundation, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Hillman Foundation, the International Women’s Media Foundation, and the International Reporting Project. In 2018, she was awarded a National Magazine Award for her work on missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Hylton’s work has been recognized by the Magenta Foundation, American Photo, the Lucie Foundation, the Alfred Fried Photography Award, Julia Margaret Cameron Awards, PH Museum, and Santa Fe Portrait Awards, among others.

As a medium format film photographer, Hylton uses her craft as a tool of defiance against the current political, social, and economic reality in which we live. Her intimate, feminine, and heart centered approach aims to capture the resilience, humanity, and quiet beauty in the lives of her subjects. Ultimately, she stands in solidarity and love with those represented in her images, demanding that viewers do the same.