Alessandra Sanguinetti (born 1968) 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
Born in New York City, Sanguinetti moved to Argentina at the age of two and lived there until 2003. Currently, she lives in San Francisco, California.
Her main bodies of work are The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their dreams
twenty + years long documentary photography project about two cousins—Guillermina and Belinda—as they grow up in the countryside of Buenos Aires; On the Sixth Day
which explores the cycle of life and death as through farm animals lives; Sorry Welcome
, a meditative journal on her family life; Le Gendarme sur la Colline
, documenting a road trip through France in 2018.
She has been a member of Magnum Photos since 2007 and is a Magnum Workshop teacher.
An ICP graduate, she began a series of works in 1999 about the relationship between two nine-year-old cousins, Belinda and Guille
, who live on a farm outside of Buenos Aries. Sanguinetti photographed them for ten years, charting their evolution from girls to young women. The girls collaborated with Sanguinetti on the series, The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams
, to construct images that evoke the fantasies and fears that accompany the physical and psychological transition from childhood to adulthood. The photographs use costumes and props, as well as references to art and literature, to explore the diffuse boundary between fantasy and reality. As the girls age, the photographs become more meditative as they start exploring their adult lives.
Sanguinetti is a member of Magnum Photos, and her photographs are held in museums including the Museum of Modern Art
; the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston
; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Source: International Center of Photography
"I was born in NYC in 1968. Two years after that, my family and I moved to Buenos Aires, where I grew up, worked and lived until 2002. I'm based in California now. I've been a photographer since I'm ten years old and made half of my work in a small area 200 km south of Buenos Aires. I've also made and are making work in many other parts of the world. To do so, I've had the support of the Guggenheim Foundation, The Hasselblad Foundation, the National Fund for the Arts of Argentina, the Harvard Peabody Museum/Robert Gardner Foundation, the Aperture/Hermes Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the John Gutman, Alicia Paterson and the Magnum Foundation."