About Hannah Foslien

Every time I get get to answer the question “What do you do Hannah?” with “I am a documentary photographer that specializes in sports.” I pinch myself to sure it is not a dream. I grew up loving sports, but when I was 16-years-old I realized my passion for photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. There, on the stark white walls of the museum I fell in love - ardently in love - with the life’s work of Berenice Abbott. Since that moment, I have sought, as Abbott did, to document life using the still photograph as my medium.

There’s a quote from George A. Sheehan that illustrates why I am drawn to sports, “Sport is where an entire life can be compressed into a few hours, where the emotions of a lifetime can be felt on an acre or two of ground, where a person can suffer and die and rise again…” Through my imagery, I convert the beauty, wonder and emotion that I see everyday in sports.

My clients include Getty Images and the Associated Press. My work has appeared in publications all around the world and as part of an exhibition in that same gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts where I first fell in love with documentary photography. I am based in Minneapolis, though I am available for commercial and editorial work anywhere in the world.

Working on my Minnesota Winter Survival Kit: Curling project

Working on my Minnesota Winter Survival Kit: Curling project

Imagine a world without photography, one could only imagine.
— Berenice Abbott