Sanne De Wilde

 

Bio

 
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Based in Amsterdam,
the netherlands

Available for commissions
& assignments

Sanne De Wilde (Belgium, 1987) in her photography explores the role genetics play in peoples lives and how this shapes and affects communities. Picturing people suffering from a condition making them vulnerable in the eye of society.
 
She graduated with a Master in the Fine Arts at KASK in Ghent (BE) with great honours in 2012. Her photo series 'The Dwarf Empire' was rewarded with the Photo Academy Award 2012 as well as the International Photography Award Emergentes DST in 2013.

Her serie ‘Snow White’ was awarded 16ème Prix National Photographie Ouverte and NuWork Award for Photographic Excellence. She was awarded the Nikon Press Award in 2014 and 2016 for most promising young photographer.

The British Journal of Photography selected De Wilde as one of 'the best emerging talents from around the world' in 2014 and recently received the Firecracker Grant 2016, PHmuseum Women's Grant and de Zilveren Camera award for 'The Island of the Colorblind'.
 
She has been internationally published (Guardian, New Yorker, Le Monde, CNN, Vogue) and exhibited (Voies OFF, Tribeca Film Festival, Circulations, Lagos Photo, Lodz Fotofestiwal, IDFA, STAM and EYE).

Since 2013, De Wilde works with the Dutch newspaper and magazine De Volkskrant, in Amsterdam the Netherlands and joined NOOR as a nominee in 2017.

 


Selected Stories

The island of the colorblind

In the late 18th century a catastrophic typhoon swept over Pingelap, a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

One of the survivors, the king, carried the rare achromatopsia-gen that causes complete colorblindness.

The king went on to have many children and as time passed by, the hereditary condition affected the isolated community and the islanders started seeing the world in black and white.

The Island of the Colorblind consists of "normal" digital images converted to black and white, infrared images and photopaintings.

Samoa Kekea

In Samoan, Kekae means albino. Sanne de Wilde explores the role genetics play in peoples lives and how this shapes and affects communities.

Picturing people suffering from a condition making them vulnerable in the eye of society, people that are overlooked or disregarded. 

Snow White

Albinos, like photographic material, are light sensitive. Light leaves an irreversible imprint on their body.

Images portraying albinos emphasize their white beauty—that quality that makes them stand out—while also making them dissolve, consumed by the light.


Selected Portraits

 
 

Education & Exhibition

From the NOOR Shop


 

The ISLAND OF COLORBLIND | Book