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Alessandra Sanguinetti

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Name  Alessandra Sanguinetti

Role  Photographer
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Education  International Center of Photography
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, Latin America & Caribbean

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Alessandra Sanguinetti (1968, New York, New York) is an American photographer. A number of her works have been published and she is a member of Magnum Photos. She has received multiple awards and grants, including the esteemed Guggenheim Fellowship. Her first solo show in the United States was in 2005 at Yossi Milo.


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Life and work

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Born in New York, Sanguinetti moved to Argentina at the age of two and lived there until 2003. Sanguinetti has stated that she began taking photographs to create a sense of permanence in her life after realizing that "everything is transitory." Currently, she lives in San Francisco, California.

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Her most involved project is a documentary photography project about two cousins- Guillermina and Belinda- as they grow up outside of Buenos Aires. The project began in 1999 when Sanguinetti visited her grandmother, Juana, in Argentina. She intended to take pictures of the animals which occupied her grandmother's rural farm. However, she saw potential in her cousins, whom she had previously disregarded. Sanguinetti recounts this, "I was shooting them without even thinking it was work. My first idea was to just do a single story trying to figure out what they imagined life to be, just so I could get into their world." Titled The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams, the project follows them as they fantasize about becoming adults, early motherhood, and becoming young women while their relationship changes. In this particular collection of photographs, Alessandra makes commentaries about feminine conventions of beauty and behavior, as well as gender roles and gender identity. She occasionally ridicules social expectations through her images, which are often satirical in nature. These commentaries are best typified in Petals (2000) and The Couple (1999). Her images focus on the lives of young women and children. Sanguinetti told Vice reporter, Bruno Bayley, "Children are fascinating...As a society, we project so much of our hopes, frustrations, denials, and aspirations on children, and they are so transparent in how they reflect everything that is thrust upon them. How could I not photograph them?"

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She has been a full member of Magnum Photos since 2007 and is a Magnum Workshop teacher.

She has contributed to Life and The New York Times and been a resident at Light Work.


  • On the Sixth Day. Portland, OR: Nazraeli Press, 2005. ISBN 978-1590050705.
  • The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams.
  • Contact Sheet 120. Syracuse, NY: Light Work, 2003. ISBN 9780935445305.
  • Portland, OR: Nazraeli Press, 2010. ISBN 978-1590052693. With an essay by Gary Hesse.
  • Sorry Welcome. Oakland, CA: TBW, 2013. Subscription Series #4, Book #2. Edition of 1500. Sanguinetti, Christian Patterson, Raymond Meeks and Wolfgang Tillmans each had one book in a set of four.
  • Awards

  • 1997: Ernst Haas Work Grant for Documentary Photography.
  • 2001: Hasselblad Foundation Grant, from the Hasselblad Foundation.
  • 2007: MacDowell Fellowship.
  • 2008: Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
  • 2009: Robert Gardner Fellowship.
  • 2009: National Geographic Magazine Grant, National Geographic.
  • Collections

    Sanguinetti's work is held in the following collections:

  • Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires.
  • References

    Alessandra Sanguinetti Wikipedia

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