In this remarkable pseudo-documentary and biography, Sara Macel followed her father, a traveling salesman, on his trips across the United States. May the Road Rise Up To Meet You evokes "a feeling of loneliness that is tangible throughout the empty hallways, car parks and airports," says The Telegraph. On a larger scale, this project explores the changing nature of "the road" in American culture.
Sara Macel (b.1981, Houston TX) received her MFA in Photography, Video & Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and her BFA in Photography + Imaging from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 2003. Her work has been internationally exhibited and is in various private collections. Her recent honors include Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward, Top 50 Photographer's in Photolucida's Critical Mass Award, and she was named a winner in the New York Photo Festival. In 2012, Sara received the Individual Photographer's Fellowship Grant from the Aaron Siskind Foundation. [Her first monograph, May the Road Rise to Meet You, was published by Daylight Books in 2013, and a traveling exhibition of that work was shown in solo shows in 2014 at the Center for Photography in Woodstock and the Houston Center for Photography and Silver Eye Center for Photography in 2015.] In addition to her freelance work, Sara currently teaches photography at SUNY Rockland and was an artist-in-residence at The Wassaic Project in upstate New York. Sara is co-director of the Brooklyn chapter of the photo non-profit Crusade for Art. [Her work was recently featured in The New Yorker, Wired Magazine, Fraction Magazine, and Lenscratch among others.]
“...a visual narrative of her father’s professional life, the life he lived separately from their shared family experience.”,
- The New Yorker, August 23, 2013
"May the Road Rise to Meet You is beautiful, and as an intervention into comprehending the distances that work creates within families, achingly so.",
- Fraction Magazine, Issue 39