Sebastian Collett grew up in Ohio and France. Following an early career as a pianist, he fell in love with photography in college, while studying with Stephen Shore and Larry Fink. Upon graduating he traveled the world for fifteen years, then earned his MFA at the Hartford Art School.
He was recently awarded the Source-Cord Prize, the Light Work Grant, the Emerging Photography Award, and residencies at the Terra Foundation, Hemera Foundation, Salzburger Kunstverein, Tides Institute, Vermont Studio Center, Hambidge Center and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. His portfolios have been featured in publications including the British Journal of Photography, Contact Sheet, Source Photographic Review, piK Magazine, Raw View Magazine, Romka Magazine, Paper Journal, Fraction Magazine, L'Oeil de la Photographie, Feature Shoot, GUP Magazine, The Latent Image, Darwin Magazine, Phases Magazine, and Vice Magazine.
Sebastian has self-published several books, and is included in the Mossless survey of American photography, "The United States, 2003-2013.” His photographs and books have been exhibited at venues including Aperture Gallery, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Phoenix Museum of Art, the Morris Museum, Kominek Gallery, Camden Image Gallery, 25CPW Gallery, United Photo Industries, Project Basho, Duke University, Harrington College of Design, the Philadelphia Photo Art Center, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and the Houston Center for Photography. Sebastian’s work can be found in private collections, and in the permanent collections of Light Work and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.