Photojournalist Sarah Silbiger, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Class of 2014, returned to share her journey with the members of the PWHS National Art Honor Society (NAHS) at their annual induction ceremony.
It was during a career exploration project at Colonial Middle School that Sarah discovered photojournalism as an example of careers in photography. With a little research into schools with a photojournalism major, she found Boston University.
Nearly every semester at PWHS she had the chance to take photography classes, only further solidifying her dream. It was during the DIY alphabet project in AP Photo that she discovered her love of street photography, a precursor to journalism.
Sarah attended Boston University's College of Communication where she majored in photojournalism. She found her niche in political photography her junior year during the 2016 presidential election when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hosted campaign rallies in New England. That summer she moved to Portland, Oregon to cover the violent political clash between members of the Anti-Fa and Alt-Right for The Oregonian.
Upon graduating, she moved to Washington, DC, to cover the Trump Administration and the 115th Congress for a political newspaper. Shortly after, she signed a contract with the New York Times Washington Bureau where she traveled with President Trump on Air Force One and covered the midterm elections.
Currently, Sarah covers The White House and Congress as an independent photojournalist commissioned regularly by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Getty Images, Reuters, Bloomberg Business and CNN-just to name a few. Most recently, Sarah covered the impeachment trial in the House of Representatives and the President's reaction.
When she is not chasing politicians, Sarah can be found sewing until her fingers cramp, perfecting her matzo ball soup recipe, and serving as the Vice President of The Women Photojournalists of Washington.
Silbiger also participated in the annual alumni art show, which opened immediately following the NAHS ceremony. Other participants included: Carly Blumenthal, Emma Lepore, Autumn Lougherty, Cooper Smith and Joseph Stingle.