Sarah was born in 1979 into a family of musicians, writers, and psychoanalysts. She spent her young childhood concocting gibberish sounds and songs around the house, dancing, and playing cello. She became enraptured by photography when she was thirteen. Small spent her high school years photographing her close friends and her younger red-headed sister, Rachel, wandering the streets of her hometown, Washington DC, equipped with her Pentax K1000.
After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001, Small moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she currently resides. Small’s photography and performances have since appeared in Vogue, LIFE, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, and have been shown in galleries throughout the United States, as well as in China, Taiwan, Korea, Madrid, Hungary, Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain, Australia, and the Netherlands. In 2008, Small was named by American Photo Magazine as one of the top 13 emerging photographers working today.
In partnership with creative and social enterprise Contaminate NYC, Small and her team are producing a Global Tour of her Tableau Vivant performance project. Currently in pre-production, the team anticipates a tour launch in London, 2014. The associated documentary film is in the editing room with an expected release date in 2015.
Small sings and arranges vocal scores with Black Sea Hotel, as well as with her new musical ensemble, Hydra, born from collaborations with Tableau’s musical director Rima Fand and vocalist Yula Be’eri. Black Sea Hotel has appeared on NPR, topping charts on iTunes International.
Finally, Small is neck-deep renovating a four-car garage in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, into a photography rental facility and community center for local artists of all disciplines, launching late 2013.