June 29, 2023

Artist Profile: Sarah Corbin, Photographer

The Hammond Museum

Sarah Corbin, Photographer

A resident of Manhattan and North Salem, Sarah Corbin (1947-2022) earned degrees in Art and Music from Indiana University and Art Education from New York University.  Originally a painter, printmaker, and natural history illustrator, in the early 1980s she developed a passion for photography, which was initially inspired by her father, the renowned economist Solomon Fabricant (1906-1989). Under the pen name, Sol Prom, Fabricant was a serious amateur photographer and an early member of the New York Photo League.  

Sarah specialized in landscapes, nature, and equine photography.  She developed her photography and digital imaging skills at the International Center for Photography and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She also studied with some of the nation’s top photographers in workshops throughout the United States and Europe.  She taught all levels of photography at Herbert H. Lehman College in the Bronx. She also exhibited her work in juried exhibitions and group shows throughout the tri-state area.

An avid equestrian throughout her life, Sarah’s subject matter frequently included barns, farm implements, horses, and other barnyard creatures.  She also photographed many equestrian sports events and her equine photographs appeared on magazine covers and in articles about horse events.

Sarah used her camera to express a personal vision of the world around her.  She was particularly drawn to scenes that evoked deep personal responses, such as landscapes that suggest the former presence of man but elude it.  Most of her photographs were the result of a spontaneous emotional reaction to a scene that she captured with a wide range of lenses and afterward, working on them in the darkroom and/or on a computer, she brought to light her unique interpretation of that special moment in time and space.

She was a long-time member of and exhibited at the Soho Photo Gallery and the Park West Camera Club in Manhattan.  For most of the first 30 years of her photography career, Sarah worked almost exclusively in black and white and infrared photography.  After turning to digital photography, color printing became equally as important.  Her photographs are in numerous private collections.

Sarah Corbin was an enthusiastic equestrian throughout her life, as well as devoted to photography.  These two passions were combined in her participation at Pegasus and the Hammond, situated near her weekend home on Peach Lake in northern Westchester, NY.Sarah volunteered at Pegasus for many years, both providing photography of special events and “walking” the horses.  At the Hammond, Sarah participated in the group exhibition Visions Revealed in 2014.  Her husband George Corbin recognized and honored her commitments by dedicating the full proceeds from the sale of Sarah's photographs to Pegasus and the Hammond.

Currently listed on iGavelAuctions.com in connection with the Hammond Museum, is The Sarah Corbin Photographer: A Benefit Auction

All photograph’s included in the Hammond Museum’s Sarah Corbin Photographer: A Tribute, and additional works, available and open for bidding July 5-19, 2023. All proceeds will be donated by George Corbin to Pegasus Therapeutic Riding and the Hammond Museum. The exhibition will be on view at the Hammond Museum May 20-July 15, 2023.