Preparing for my third Visa Pour l’Image. So much looking forward to immerse myself again in my beloved community, having the opportunity to meet editors, get feedback and lots of laughs at what to me is the best festival in the world! I love it so bloody much! To me applies: Sin Visa, no hay […]
Great news: I got the exciting message that I am among the 12 selected participants (worldwide) to participate in the 2019-2020 Masterclass Photography organised by LensCulture. The Masterclass is divided into 3 sessions over the time-span of half a year and will include sessions with several masters in the field of storytelling.
While in Cuba I made a reportage on state-controlled tobacco farming. It converted into a story on how Cuba accidently became one of world’s most sustainable countries. Sarah Haaij wrote the text for the story for which she also interviewed me. It was a nice collaboration.
The city of Guayaquil, Ecuador is among world’s top-ten cities most vulnerable to climate change. In collaboration with the municipality of Guayaquil I carried out an assignment for CARE Netherlands, reporting on how this dynamic port-city is preparing for natural disasters and managing risk-reduction. With the initial help of CARE local brigades have been founded […]
A smart combination: I will be leading a Dutch group through Ecuador for Djoser, that will end in Guayaquil. I managed to organise an assignment with CARE afterwards on how the city of Guayaquil, among the top ten most vulnerable to the consequences of climate change, is converting the city to be resilient to the […]
Somewhere in the rural countryside of Latvia, in a town called Zalenieki, united more than 80 photographers to immerse themselves into photography. Tanya Habjouqa is a master in encouraging everyone to elevate and grow to a higher level. We had a diverse group: different nationalities, personalities and photographic styles but Tanya was a true mentor: […]
While landing in Barcelona I got the unexpected but very much well received message that I was -last-minute- accepted for the advanced workshop ‘Storytelling as a tool for social change’ led by the incredible Tanya Habjouqa, one of world’s best female storytellers. Only 12 places for this workshop and I am among the lucky ones […]
While in Cuba I did a small side-story on how the Cuban elderly get by. With small pensions of less than 10 dollar a month, most of them are forced to work to make ends meet. I made a gallery of portraits and photos of retirees at work. It was published at El País.
In my search for affordable workshops on photography, I came across Fuga Fotografia, a highly recommended Photography School in Barcelona offering summer workshops. Impulsively I signed up for two courses in one week for an intense pressure cooking experience. Edu Ponces -Ruido Photo- gave his valuable insights in the world of photojournalism, while Ana Belen […]
The path in photojournalism has not been easy and it has been a fight to be at the stage where I am. In the ultimate months things are getting better. The Fund Special Journalist Projects has been the most important reward since years and gives me the opportunity to exist, to grow and continue my […]
By the end of May I got back from my first fieldwork period in Cuba for my project ‘Watering down a Revolution: Cuba’s struggle for drinking water and started selecting, editing, trying to construct a narrative, puzzling and breaking my head over my material. I made appointment with people to show my material and to […]
The collapsed colonial charm story on Havana’s deteriorating houses and what happens to places and people after collapse has been published at El País.
In December 2018 I made two housing stories in Havana: one on the informal housing market of Havana and second on old colonial houses that are collapsing. I wanted to discover what happens to the places and the people after collapse. I had limited time and for some reason I has quite a bit of […]
The Bolivia Chiquitanía’s story on the musical legacy of the Jesuits in the Amazone will be published in next issue from Volzin. I am very glad it found a nice platform in the Netherlands.
Photojournalism is living on the edge and believing in your projects, no matter what. While researching, preparing my grant proposal on Water challenges in communist Cuba, finding outstanding media such as The Guardian and Volkskrant interested, as well as Amsterdam University Press for publishing a photobook, commitment grew. So I decided to go although I […]
My work on music schools in the Chiquitanía has been published in El País. Beautiful. I made this trip together with my boyfriend and although it were not the easiest travel conditions, it was one of the best trips in my life. It felt as if I discovered a new country, a second Bolivia in […]
In December 2018 I was in Cuba and discovered how Havana’s informal housing market functions. It was super interesting to see how there is a well-functioning ‘black’ system for selling houses. Glad it found a place at Deutsche Welle.
I will be in Cuba for six weeks of photographing Cuba’s hidden water crisis, a project I started in 2017. Climate change in combination with a communist regime on a tropical island makes up for an unique way in which water struggles are treated. Although I requested a journalist visa 1,5 month ago, it has […]
It has been a while ago, but by the end of 2018 I have been admitted to Women Photograph, which feels like an incredible acknowledgement for my work. Women Photograph is a community of highly talented female and non-binary documentary photographers from all over the world. So proud to see my name on the list […]
On the 25th of March I participated in a skype conference organised by the Communication Department of the Universidad Autónoma Barcelona in a session on Women in Photojournalism. The panel consisted of Maria Contreras Coll, Cristina Aldehuela and me. We were interviewed by Sandra Balsells in a programme honouring the Spanish photojournalist Joana Biarnés.
During the conference ‘Brazilian Politics, Policies and Citizenship: Anthropological Perspectives on Current Challenges’ I was asked to present my work: ‘Rio squatters: Reclaiming Rights to the City’. I have made this reportage in January and February 2018 and since than it was published in Deutsche Welle, The Guardian and El País. It was a pleasure […]
At the beginning of February I was asked to present my work to Bachelor students of different backgrounds in Applied Sciences at the HAN International Week. It was very rewarding to speak about my real passion in life: ‘Social documentary in Latin America’
Such a nice surprise to receive this email from Lens Culture today:Hi Sanne,Congratulations! One of the photos you entered has been selected by our editors to be featured in the Portrait Awards 2019 Competition Gallery, visible to everyone who visits the website. The Competition Gallery is a highly curated group of images selected by our […]
For my assignment for Goethe Institute I got in touch with the ADM-community in Amsterdam, an unique cultural enclave, e little village for creative minds and people who prefer a non-conformist way of life. I can identify and loved their community so much. After the success in the Guardian and the news around their eviction, […]
The Guardian published my story on squatters in Rio, a nice surprise! Click here for the link.
It was a trip of a lifetime! After the 20Fotografos Workshop I travelled with Niels, my boyfriend through the Jesuit Missions in the Chiquitanía region of Bolivia. It felt like being in another country, like a sister of the Bolivia I know. The trip was tough: incredible heat and humidity, dirt, dust, and not much […]
In the early morning after having taken my boyfriend from the airport in Santa Cruz, Bolivia I got a message from an English lady asking me what she could do for the Amsterdamse Droogdok Maatschappij, so they would not be evicted. I found out the gallery was published in The Guardian, which is quite an […]
My challenge at the 20Fotografos Workshop was getting to a new/fresh visual language. It was absolutely amazing to work with Erika Larsen, photo editor/photographer at National Geographic. Also very nice going back again to my roots and carrying out my project on the preparations for a little patronal fiesta in Limoncito, a small community in […]
Just arrived to my next adventure: la Chiquitanía in Bolivia! In two days the 20 Fotografos Workshop will start, uniting 70 -Spanish speaking- documentary photography professionals in a small village of the Bolivian lowlands. The workshop is yearly organised in another Latin American country by the Colombian Collectivo+1 to help a community of photographers grow […]
It was a great assignment and I was free to choose my own subjects: the Goethe Institute from Germany asked me to document different initiatives of people living alternatively in the Netherlands. It was the warmest summer in more than 300 years, and I was there, visiting, interviewing and photographing people I liked! Loved it! The […]
My trip to Perpignan was more than great. Being among fellow photojournalists, in a supportive community was already worth going. But having the chance to have your portfolio reviewed by media such as Time, New York Times and GEO is absolutely constructive and rewarding! Different media showed their interest in my stories, and hopefully they […]
So great to see my work on squatters in Rio published in the Spanish newspaper El País, in the section Planeto Futuro. Both my article ánd a photo gallery were published! Very grateful that El País recognizes the importance of this story on the urban poor reclaiming their rights to the city!Link to the article […]
For Djoser I was sent to Thailand for two weeks as a tourleader for a Family-trip. It was an exceptional easy going and humorous group! Had so much fun!
When I heard the German Goethe Institute was looking for a photojournalist for a photo story on alternative housing in the Netherlands, I immediately wrote them, as I felt this was a match made in heaven! Exactly the kind of story I love to do! They choose me and I got a scholarship to document […]
Stichting Vluchteling, a Dutch Foundation for Refugees, organizes during one of the longest summer nights a 40 km walk in three places in the Netherlands, to collect money for and address attention towards the lives of refugees. I had the assignment to make a gallery of ‘Humans of the Night’ at the Nijmegen-Arnhem trail. I […]
So excited to announce that I have been selected for the 20 Fotografos Workshop in Concepcion, Bolivia. This 9 days during workshop is organized by Colectivo + Uno from Colombia, who organize this workshop yearly to connect photographers in Latin America. Main sponsor is National Geographic. Editors such as Cristina de Middel (Magnum) and Magdalena […]
In 2017 I was invited to visit a migrant shelter in Apizaco, Mexico and was so impressed by these young courageous and admirable men, mainly from Honduras, who take all these risks to construct a better life in the USA. Painful to hear their stories, but inspiring to see their never ending positive energy to […]
During the two-day conference Global(izing) cities: Governance, Belonging and Violence I will present my photo-project on deported Mexicans. The title of my presentation is: ‘In search for belonging: being deported to Mexico City’. In addition, I will give a guest lecture to Anthropology students on housing rights in Rio and present my work on urban squatters […]
I was selected for the Dutch Masterclasses for Freelance Journalists, organized by the COP, Commission Education Magazines in The Netherlands, starting on the 25th of May. Looking forward to five intense days of learning and inspiration, to sharpen my skills in journalism and extend my network in the country I was born.
I absolutely enjoyed the subject I choose for my reportage: I wanted to report on Mexicans that got deported under the Trump administration. I met great people and heard such an interesting stories… To be published soon!
For a fourth time in a row I went with Radboud University to Puebla/Cholula to supervise Dutch Bachelor students on an anthropological fieldwork course. In total 15 students carried out their projects on subjects such as how non-hetero women deal with dominant gender norms, how marriage functions as a rite de passage and how in […]
Deutsche Welle published my photo story on how Bolivian adapt to climate change in three different languages: English, Spanish and German! Very nice to see!
For the fourth year in a row I will be supervising a third year Bachelor course in Anthropology for the Radboud University Nijmegen. In this project in Cholula, 15 students travel to Cholula where they carry out fieldwork on all kinds of anthropological subjects for an intense methodology course. Before and after the time in […]
The Dutch magazine One World that focuses on sustainability and global issues, published the photo-reportage on how women adapt to climate change in Bolivia in a 8 page long reportage in the print-version of their magazine!
Last year I was in Mexico during Semana Santa. In Iztapalapa, a suburb of Mexico City. In this notorious district, the roles are reversed during Eastern: Mexico’s largest Passion Plays are held, in which only inhabitants of the marginalized barrio participate. Months of preparation lead up to the biggest celebration in Mexico, in which an […]
While in Rio I visited Pol d’Huyvetter again, who lives at a marvelous spot in the favela Babilônia. I wrote an article about him, that was published in Mo* Magazine in Belgium. It was an exciting stay at Pol’s guesthouse and an interesting self-exposure to ‘the humanitarian impact of small arms.’
Upon returning in The Netherlands, my project about the Bolivian women was published straightaway at Al Jazeera! So relieved and content my story found its way to an international audience. Here is the link.
The idea to make this story started in 2016 while on assignment for the Radboud University during the Olympics in Rio to do anthropological fieldwork on evictions. Intrigued by the severe housing problems many people are facing in Rio de Janeiro, I came back in January 2018 to learn more about the stories behind abandoned […]
After having had a more than great time in Rio, I arrived -with Niels- to Bolivia. Today we had our first meeting with the Belgian NGO Solidagro and their partner organisation INCCA, or Instituto Nacional para la Capatazacion al Campesino. Tomorrow we will start our fieldwork trip to the campo of Tiraque. We are hosted […]
Today I left The Netherlands to visit my favourite city Rio de Janeiro to report on squatting in Rio’s city centre. On the 27th of January I will fly to Bolivia where I will start my photo reportage on gender and climate change in the Andes. Stichting Marjan Rens and maybe De Coöperatie will partly […]
Just three days before starting 2018 I got the news that Stichting Marjan Rens is willing to partly fund the reportage-trip to Bolivia! In Bolivia I will report on how women deal with climate change in remote communities in the Andes. Belgian NGO Solidagro will support the trip by offering their network, logistics, transportation and […]
During my trip to Mexico in April/May 2017 I was able to report on the organized crime of stealing gasoline in the dangerous area ‘The Red Triangle’, notorious for car theft, kidnappings and murders. It was an exciting adventure to chase a photograph of the huachicol, stolen gasoline. Absolutely grateful to Edmundo Meza for his […]
During my trip in Guatemala I took a few free moments for street photography. In Antigua I went to the chicken bus station. Almost getting cloudy, there came one beam of sun that fell on a passenger, which I was able to grasp. The photo has been selected by Blank Wall Gallery for their exhibition […]
In November 2017 I was happy to guide a tour through Mexico and Guatemala for Djoser. Many hours of busing, during which I took three online courses on Creative Life, took us to the most beautiful places. The group in general was easygoing and we shared lots of fun along the way. I managed to […]
Perfectly timed: beautiful lay-out of my photo reportage on Santa Muerte was published in Volzin, a Dutch magazine on religion and society. It came out on the second of November, when the Day of the Death is celebrated in Mexico ánd coincidently the date that I flew to this super inspiring country.
Cuba Trade Magazine approached me to publish the pictures on Cuba’s outdated water system for a story in their magazine. Hope to work with them in the future more often!No easy fixes for Cuba’s water accessibility woes
That was a mind blowing first time photojournalist festivalling! I attended the Professional Week for Photojournalists, between the 3rd and 9th of September in Perpignan. At world’s most important photojournalist festival, I was hired by the Turkish news agency Anadolu, New York’s news agency Polaris, to work as a freelancer; I had portfolio reviews to […]
For Djoser I guided a trip through Brazil. It was a great trip, visiting Curitiba, Foz, Bonito, the Pantanal, Paraty, Ilha Grande ánd my beloved Rio de Janeiro. As photographing birds is not my type of thing, I decided to follow Rodrigo, one of our great Pantanal guides and picture his daily life in photos. […]
In 2015, when I went to Cuetzalan for the first time, as a supervisor of the Bachelor fieldwork course, I got intrigued by this pre-colombian ‘dance’. In 2016 I came back to make a reportage, at first instance for the Magazine Immaterieel Erfgoed. When my boyfriend came to visit me at the end of the […]
The independent sport reserach Institute Mulier Instituut published its book ‘The Story of Rio 2016: the societal impact of the Olympics’. For this book I wrote a chapter on the evictions in the southern favelas Babilônia and Chapeú Manguiera in Rio, where I did research last year in a program lead by dr. Martijn Koster […]
Door Stichting Vluchteling werd ik benaderd voor een superleuke opdracht: drie portretten maken -tekst en beeld- van lopers gedurende de Nacht van de Vluchteling tussen Nijmegen en mijn nieuwe woonplaats Arnhem. Zie hier Sinbad, die acht jaar geleden vluchtte uit Afghanistan.
The Spanish newspaper El País published my story about water problems in Cuba in their section Planeta Futuro. So proud!http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/05/12/planeta_futuro/1494596416_316299.html
While in Cholula, I managed to collect material for several stories. For instance, I followed a worker in a piñata factory; I was invited to the Red Triangle, a notorious area in Central Mexico to learn about the illegal stealing and selling of gasoline by the huachicoleros (narco-network of gasoline thieves). Furthermore, the theme of […]
For the third year in a row, I am supervising the Anthropological Methodology Fieldwork Project, a third year Bachelor Course at the Department of Anthropology of the Radboud University Nijmegen. Together with Tine Davids, we supervise and coach eleven Dutch anthropology students in Cholula, Mexico.
In Iztapalapa, one of Mexico City’s most notorious districts, yearly a large Passion Play is held during the Holy Week, which has been proclaimed National Mexican Heritage. It is the most famous celebration of Mexico and it takes months of preparation to prepare the more than 2000 local actors for their roles during the week. […]
Holding accreditation is such a privilege. Always in the front row, with the best views, and space for manoeuvre. In Iztapalapa, a notorious neighborhood of Mexico City, the 174th version of Semana Santa is celebrated, with the largest Passion Plays of Mexico. It is only featuring actors from the Iztapalapa district, -more than 2000- preparing […]
Finally a little breakthrough: The work I made on Cuba’s daily struggle for drinking water was published in AL JAZEERA! It was such a fun subject! When I landed in Cuba I thought ‘Oh, how stupid, water pipes are hidden in the ground… What would there be to photograph?’ However, it turned out to be […]
In February I made a trip to Cuba as a tourguide for Djoser. It was a surprisingly relaxed and easy-going group. During the trip, I managed to make a photo-reportage on an outdated water drainage system, drought and the ways that Cuban’s struggle to have enough drinking water.The report can be viewed here:http://photoreportage.sannederks.com/#!album-13
Op 8 maart 2017 vond de afsluiting plaats van het Vrouw & Media-mentoraat. Gedurende de afgelopen maanden ben ik gecoacht door Dingena Mol. Zij heeft mij inzicht gegeven in het Nederlandse fotojournalistieke landschap en mij geholpen mijn focus voor de toekomst -als fotojournalist- helder te krijgen. Daarnaast heeft ze me veel tips & tricks gegeven […]
For an exhibition on ‘urban informality in Southern cities’ my photographs on favela-upgrading in Rio de Janeiro were selected. The exhibition is exposed at Holon Institute for Technology in Israel. From March onwards, the exhibition will be seen at the Art Gallery of the Faculty of Urban Planning and Architecture of the Technion (Israel Institute […]
Yes! Time to give photography a boost: From the Dutch lowlands to Spain and back again. The photo-adventure started at Breda Photo where I was inspired by Carl de Keyser by his work ‘Cuba la Lucha’ and where I was given his book as an anticipated birthdaypresent by my boyfriend and tried to learn some […]
While in Rio, I also gathered material to write a piece on the organisation Revolusolar, generating solar energy from the favela Babilônia. It was published at OneWorld.On this picture inspiring Adalberto, who is now vice-president of the solar-NGO, but who didn’t know what was electricity until he was 21.
The Catalan newspaper Diari Ara published my article and photos in their weekend supplement. It can also be viewed here.
My photoreport on a large anti-Temer manifestation that was held on the 4th of September in Copacabana, Rio, was published at Citizenside.
For Martijn Koster, UD at Radboud University, I am carrying out a research on forced evictions in the favela of Babilonia in Rio de Janeiro.
For Zij aan Zij I made a photoreport on the Canal Pride in Amsterdam, on the 6th of August. I also photographed at Saarein, Amsterdam’s oldest women’s cafe.
In July and August I worked in Cuba as a tourguide for Djoser. I travelled the island with 6 families. It was a great trip and a nice challenge! Very special and has given me loads of inspiration.
When I was in Mexico to co-supervise a course on Methodology for the Radboud University Nijmegen in April and May, I extended my stay to photograph. Not only was I interested in Santa Muerte, also the ritual of the ‘Voladores’ or Ritual Flyers had my attention. Therefore I went twice to Cuetzalan to find out […]
In June, July and August I worked as an examiner in Applied Psychology at the HAN in Nijmegen, revising Bachelor Thesis and assessing Coaching Sessions of students. It was a pleasure to work in this pleasant team of talented and critical teachers!
In April and May I have been in Mexico working on my photoproject on the Normalization of Santa Muerte within a Context of Violence. See here the results:Santa MuerteIt was a very exciting project, especially in finding safe access to famous and complicated ‘Barrio Bravo’ de Tepito. It was very instructive in terms of logistics […]