Join us for the next ICP Lessons, a three-day lecture series hosted by David Campany, with visual storyteller Sara Hylton on staying engaged as a photographer. Hylton will share her experience creating intimate and personal work and staying motivated while pursuing new ideas.

Canadian photographer Sara Hylton, a 2014 graduate of ICP’s One-Year Certificate Program in Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism, travels the globe with her camera, using it to shine an intimate light on stories of resilience and to challenge oppressive and unjust systems within society. From documenting those living along the Keystone XL pipeline in Montana to her powerful environmental portraits depicting families of missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) in Saskatchewan Canada, Hylton continually seeks new ideas to explore and stories to tell. In the next session of ICP Lessons, we will learn more about Hylton’s approach to crafting an evolving vision and pursuing avenues for sharing her work.


Tickets are $35 for general audience and $30 for ICP members—join today!

Tickets include access to all three lectures and must be purchased by the start time of the first lecture in the series.

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Please note: We make every effort to record each session and make it available to participants up to 14 days after the series, however recordings are not guaranteed. We recommend participants to tune in live if there is a session they don’t want to miss. No refunds will be given for missed lectures.


Session 1: Wednesday, March 10, 1–2 PM ET

Introduction to the Personal and Professional: Sara Hylton introduces her work, from personal projects to assignment-based series, highlighting the strategies and ethical framework she brings to her photographic vision.

Session 2: Thursday, March 11, 1–2 PM ET

From Ideation to Implementation: Hylton discusses how she makes a project happen. From finding stories she cares about and turning an idea into reality, to key insights into her approach, such as what essential items she brings when photographing, Hylton will share her methods for creating projects with care.

Session 3: Friday, March 12, 1–2 PM ET

Lessons in Presenting Your Vision: Hylton discusses lessons learned from sharing her work and how she makes projects she cares about happen with impact. Hylton will cover her experience navigating funding for projects, the nuances of delivering and presenting work to the public, and more.


Interested in learning more from Sara Hylton? Registration is open for her ICP courses, Getting Closer: Intimacy and Portraiture (Tuesdays, 10–1 PM ET, March 23 –April 20) and Working with Vulnerable Communities (Tuesdays, May 4 – June 1, 10– 1 PM ET). Learn more about ICP’s courses and workshops.

About the Program Format

This program will take place on Zoom. Those who register to attend will receive a confirmation email with a link located at the bottom of the email under ‘Important Information’ to join the lecture through a computer or mobile device.

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About the Series

ICP Lessons is an online lecture series offering an introduction to ICP’s Continuing Education courses and workshops. Each session is organized around a central theme within photographic practice and offers insights and skills through conversations and instructional lectures by ICP faculty, scholars, and leading photographic voices around the globe.


Sara Hylton is an award-winning Canadian freelance artist represented by Redux Pictures.

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.

Hylton has worked for National Geographic Magazine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Harper's Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, Bloomberg News, Vogue Magazine, the Financial Times Magazine, the Globe and Mail, Refinery 29, and Al Jazeera, among others. She has been exhibited in both solo and group shows internationally.

She is currently based around South Asia but will travel anywhere her camera takes her.

David Campany is ICP’s managing director of programs, and a writer, editor, and curator.

Image: Sara Hylton