About Sanne

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I am a Dutch freelance photojournalist and anthropologist, focusing on social documentary, with a special emphasis on Latin America.

Being trained as both a researcher (MA in Psychology of Culture and Religion, 2003; PhD in Cultural Anthropology and Gender Studies, 2009) and as a photojournalist (MA in Photojournalism in Barcelona, 2016) I developed a special interest in projects at the intersections of both anthropology and photojournalism. In my photo reportages I use an anthropological perspective, both in the selection of themes as in the use of qualitative techniques. 

Often the perspective of the marginalized is depicted in my photo stories. My camera is my passport to these worlds, and the means to temper the infinite curiosity and drive to understanding the world of different people around the world. Through my camera I try to transfer my view to those interested in these stories. My work has been published in a.o. El Jazeera, Deutsche Welle, El País, One World Magazine, Cuba Trade Magazine, Diari Ara, Tijdschirft voor Immaterieel Erfgoed, Volzin, Zij aan Zij and Vice.

 My photo reportages can be viewed here:

Formal education
2015 – 2016 MA in Photojournalism, Universidad Autónoma Barcelona, Spain
2004 – 2009 Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and Gender Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
1998 – 2003 MA in Psychology of Culture and Religion, Radboud University
Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Courses and trainings
-20 Fotografos Workshop, Concepcion, Bolivia (2018)
-Freelance Masterclasses for Journalists, Driebergen, the Netherlands (2018)
-Women and Media Mentorship, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Mentored by photojournalist
Dingema Mol (2017)
-Advanced Flash workshop Barcelona (2016) by Marcelo Insurralde, Barcelona Spain (2016)
-Magnum Documentary Summer School, four weeks summer school in London (2015)
-Directing Documentaries at Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV): four week
Summer school in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (2014)
-Gender, Culture and Society: four weeks summer school in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2014)
-Cambridge Advanced English C1, Eindhoven, the Netherlands (2013)
-Academic Journalism, Nijmegen (2008)
-Journalist Writing, Nijmegen (2008)
-Photography, four weeks intense course by Munish Khanna in New Delhi, India (2003)

Grants, honours and awards
-Finalist for the Les Coups de Coeur de l’ANI Prize. Reportage on ‘Resilient Bolivian women and climate change’ nominated by the Association Nationale des Iconographes (France) during the Visa Pour l’Image 2018 in Perpignan, France (2018)
-Selected by Colectivo Mas Uno (Colombia) for participation in 20 Fotografos Workshop in Concepcion, Bolivia (2018)
-Scholarship by Goethe Institute (Germany) for project on Alternative Housing in the Netherlands (2018)
-Scholarship by De Coöperatie (the Netherlands) to carry out climate story in Bolivia and squatter story in Brazil (2018)
-Finalist for Photojournalism Award, Albarracin, Spain (2016)
-Scholarship by Radboud University Nijmegen for reportage on evictions during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016)
-Funding for documentary in Bolivia by Dutch Scientific Organizacion, NCDO, NGO Mensen met een Missie (2011-2012)
-Frye Stipendium, Radboud University Nijmegen Prize for most promising social scientists (2007)

Photo projects published
-Alternative living in The Netherlands (2018), to be published by Goethe Institute Germany, Volkskrant (the Netherlands), Elle (Italy), Die Zeit (Germany), The Guardian (UK)
-Deported migrants building a new life in Mexico City (2018), published in One World (The Netherlands) and Deutsche Welle (Germany)
-Travelling Mexico undocumented: Experiences of violence by refugees in Honduras, published in Deutsche Welle, Volzin (the Netherlands).
-Squatting in Rio: Reclaiming rights to the city (2018) (published in Deutche Welle (Germany), Mo (Belgium) and in El País (Spain).
-Bolivian women coping with climate change (2018) published in Al Jazeera (Quatar), One World (Netherlands) and Deutsche Welle (Germany); exhibition Antwerpen, Belgium
-The Nazareños of Mexico: Semana Santa in Iztapalapa (2017) published in Volzin (2018).
-Watering down a Revolution: Cuba’s daily struggle for water (2017); published in Al Jazeera
(Quatar); El País (Spain; One World, Cuba Trade Magazine (USA).
-Olympic’s legacy in Rio: the irony of a mega-event (2016); published in OneWorld; published in
book by Muller Instituut (the Netherlands); to be published in City and Society (academic
journal) selected for exhibition in Holon, (Israel)
-Livingroom economies in communist Cuba: Small-scaled capitalism from the sofa (2016);
published in Vice, finalist in Albarracin Scholarships.
-Under the Wings of UNESCO: Ritual Flying in Magical Cuetzalan (2016); published in
Immaterieel Erfgoed (The Netherlands), Al Jazeera (2017)
-Marginalized Santa Muerte: Normalization of an invented Mexican Saint in a culture of violence
(2016); final project Master in Photojournalism UAB; published in Volzin (2017)
-Hidden Identities: Restricted Freedom for LGBT migrants in Spain (2016); published in Diari Ara
(Spain) and Zij aan Zij (The Netherlands)
-La vida después la bebida: ex-alcohólico Mario en Barcelona (2015-2016); published in The
Pavement (UK); Independientes (Spain)

Bolivian women resilient to climate change, Coup des Coeur de l’ANI, Visa Pour l’Image, Perpignan (2018)
Bolivian women resilient to climate change, solo exhibition, Catapa, Antwerpen, Belgium (2018)
Street photography, group exhibition, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece (2017)
Urban. Informality. Flashes. Group exhibition, Holon, Israel (2016)
Screening final work Magnum Documentary Course, London, UK (2015)