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 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.