Sarah Blesener was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She studied Linguistics and Youth Development at North Central University. While at university, she worked as a photographer for the organization Healing Haiti based in Port au Prince, Haiti, covering events surrounding the 2010 earthquake. Upon graduation in 2012, she studied at Bookvar Russian Academy in Minneapolis, concentrating on the Russian language. She is a recent graduate of the Visual Journalism and Documentary Practice program at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her latest work revolves around issues of youth culture and movements, focusing on Russia, Eastern Europe and the United States.
- National Geographic Photography: A New Generation of Kids Learns to Live Like Soldiers
- The California Sunday Magazine: Border Agents in Training
- Zeke Magazine: Toy Soldiers: Rising Nationalism Among Youth in Russia
- Reveal: Meet our Fellow
- The Guardian: War Games: Russia's Young Cadets on Parade
- PHMuseum: 2017 Women Photographers New Generation Honorable Mention
- The Week: To be young and armed in Russia: From Russia, with guns