Instagram Takeover – Sarah Pannell

Sarah Pannell is an Australian documentary photographer whose work focuses on culture, landscape, tradition and community. Curiosity spurs her to travel as often as she can to where she can observe and explore shifting cultures and changing spaces. This fascination with humans’ ever-evolving dance with their surrounding environments has led to an array of projects focussing on everyday life, preservation of traditions and communities around the world. Sarah’s soft and human gaze aims to diffuse and enrich perspectives of cultures and societies that are often overwhelmingly shrouded in negativity by outside eyes.

Born in 1988, Pannell received a BA International Studies from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia (2009) and a BA Photography, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (2012). She has produced a number of publications including Tabriz to Shiraz (2019) published by Perimeter Editions and Hillvale, self-published titles including Sehir (2014) and The Territories (2015). Pannell lives and works in Melbourne, Australia, on the un-ceded traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people.

Sarah Pannell is taking over @paperjournalmag from today until the 6th of July. You can follow her @sarahpannell and see more of her work at