Sandra Bacchi is a Brazilian photographer, based in Pittsburgh, PA. As a visual artist, she blends documentary and conceptual photography with her background in cinematography to find a cohesive conversation between the reality around her and her constant inner inquiries about life. Visual arts and storytelling have always been an integral part of Bacchi’s family dynamic, as she and her parents worked in film production in Brazil. While Sandra's photos document her personal journey, she weaves fiction into the truths to express more open-ended storytelling. Photographers such as Angela Strassheimnd, Philip Lorca Dicorcia and Gregory Crewdson inspire Sandra’s work narrative, while Bernard and Hilda Becher, Irving Penn and Francesca Woodman contribute to her visual references.
Earning a degree in photography at Escola Panamericana de Artes (São Paulo, Brazil -1997), Sandra turned her focus to cinematography, working on short films, documentaries, and commercials, in São Paulo and New York. In 2001, Bacchi attended the Hungarian International Cinematography Workshop D.O.P., taught by Academy Award winner Vilmos Zsigmond and Laszlo Kovacs.
In 2012, Sandra moved to NYC with her family and returned to her roots in photography at International Center of Photography, attending classes with Michael Foley, Martine Fougeron, and Barbara Mensch. She has also taken continuing education classes and workshops at the School of Visual Arts, the State University of New York at Purchase, Aperture and the Museum of Modern Art.
Bacchi's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and published in contemporary photography magazines and Zines, such as Lenscratch, Edge of Humanity, Don’t Take Picture and Femme Fotale. In 2017, her photographs were part of group shows at The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Houston Center for photography, The Center for Fine Art Photography, A Smith Gallery, City Without Walls and PH21 Galley, among others.
Selected Group Show
- “Com os olhos no céu da boca” – pop up show curated by Sheila Oliveira, São Paulo, BR
- “25th Annual Juried Exhibition” - Griffin Museum of Photography, Juried by Julie Grahame, Winchester, MA, 2019
- “Intentional Spaces’ - Photo Place Gallery, juried by Laura Moya, Middlebury, VT
- “The curated fridge - spring 2019”, Boston, MA
- “Stivers Photo Auction” - Stivers School for the Arts, Dayton, OH
- “Photography Now 2017 Exhibition” - The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Juried by William Ewing, Woodstock, NY
- “Stories” - PH21 Gallery, Juried by Zsolt Bátori, Juror’s choice, Budapest, HU
- “Surreal Photography exhibition” – The Passaporte, Juried by Sarah Sudhoff, Honorable Mention, (online)
- "Black/White" - A Smith Gallery, Juried by Elizabeth Avedon, Johnson City, TX
- “35th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition” - Houston Center for photography, Juried by Rebecca Senf, Houston, TX
- "Black + White" - The Center for Fine Art Photography, Jured by Ann M. Jastrab, Fort Collins, CO
- "40th Anniversary Print Sale" - The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY
- "She" – A Smith Gallery, Juried by Kat Kiernan, Johnson City, TX
- "Metro 31" - City Without Walls, Juried by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Siddhartha Mitter, Margaret O’Reilly, Newark, NJ
- "Procession," – Pop Up Show curated by Gisela Gueiros, New York, NY
- "Art / formatto," – Pop Up Show curated by Lica Pedroso, São Paulo - Brazil
- LensCratch, Fine Art Photography Daily. November 2018
- Femme Fotale Vol. V: Resistance, Resilience & Hope. January 2018
- Edge of Humanity Magazine. September 2017
- Don’t Take Picture Magazine. July 2017
- Visionaire Magazine, Issue 41 World. 2003
- Woodstock Portfolio Review 2019
- Review Santa Fe 2018
- Silver Eye Portfolio Review 2017
- Woodstock Portfolio Review 2017
- Woodstock Portfolio Review 2016
- First place at the BMW International photography contest “As Seen By.” 1997