The Netherlands

Sarah Mei Herman


Sarah Mei Herman was born in Amsterdam in 1980. After studying philosophy for one year at the university of Amsterdam 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 Fine Art 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 in various exhibitions in Amsterdam, Liège, London, Paris, Arles, Toulouse, Thessaloniki, New York and Singapore. In 2010 her ongoing series Julian and Jonathan was selected for the Talent issue of Foam Magazine.


Julian and Jonathan

Since 2005 I have been photographing my twenty years younger half brother Jonathan alone or together with his (and my) father. I’m interested in the triangular relationship between the three of us. My memories as a young child, of the relationship with my father, are now in a way mirrored in my half brother. By photographing Jonathan I try to approach our unusual sibling-relationship which I am part of at a physical distance. This work is very much about me, and this part of my family, as well as the relationship between a relatively older father and his young child.


Julian and Jonathan, South Africa 2013

The summer of 2013 my father, Jonathan and me went on a trip to South Africa. During this trip I got the chance to closely observe the relationship between my father and half brother. I also became aware of the changes in the way Jonathan relates to me, being his adult sister.
Although Jonathan is going through a lot of changes – he is thirteen years old now – the relationship between Julian and Jonathan remains very close.


Between Us

Growing up is an important theme in my work. I mainly focus on young adolescents; on their constant state of becoming; trying to capture the fleeting beauty of the continual changes they go through on their way to adulthood. I’m drawn to the intensity, vulnerability and sometimes loneliness of these stages. This ongoing series shows the young people that fascinate me - most of them I have been photographing over a long period of time - photographed alone or together with their sibling, friend or love.