Sarah Stolfa was born in Winfield, Illinois in 1975. She earned her BS in photography from Drexel University, Philadelphia, in 2005 and her MFA in Photography from Yale University in 2008. In 2004, Stolfa won The New York Times Photography Contest for college students and several of her photographs were reproduced in The New York Times Magazine. In 2006, Stolfa was included in the Second Woodmere Triennial of Contemporary Photography at the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia. In the same year, her work was exhibited at Gallery 339 in Philadelphia and Silverstein Photography in New York. In 2007, Stolfa was included in "Women to Watch" at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, and in "L'Autre" at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia.