Guernsey Photography Festival 2014 18 Sept - 18 Oct



Michelle Sank

South Africa


18 Sept to 18 Oct


10AM TO 5PM /


“Insulae” aims to address the diversity that exists within The Bailiwick of Guernsey. The physical isolation and independence of the islands creates a uniqueness and microcosm where contrasts co-exist. Through a series of portraits, still life and landscapes the images produced will serve as a testament to this individuality; the variety of communities that live on the islands – from agricultural to business, government, leisure and tourism; the events and celebrations that are particular to these islands; the way historical and contemporary landscapes co-exist architecturally and how local inhabitants and tourism interact with these spaces.

This project is financially supported by Guernsey Museums & Galleries

This is a collaboration with Archisle

Exhibition printed by Bayeux


Michelle Sank

Michelle Sank an internationally recognised social demographic photographer. Her practice is concerned with the notion of encountering, collecting, and re-telling. She is interested in creating sociological landscapes, interplays of human form and location that are significant in their visual, sociological, cultural and psychological nuances.

She has undertaken numerous commissions for prominent galleries and magazines in the UK, Europe and the USA and has been the recipient of numerous awards. In 2007 she was a winner in the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Prize. In 2010 she was the Single Image Winner in the International Photographic Award, the British Journal of Photography and in 2012 Single Image Winner in the LensCulture Photographic Awards.

Sank has three published books to date: The Water’s Edge: Women on the Waterfront - a study of women who worked and still work on Liverpool’s Docks; Becoming - a major monograph featuring her portraits of young people taken over five years, and The Submerged - a study of the communities and landscape in and round Aberystwyth.

She has been represented in art and photography journals and magazines including Next Level, Katalog, PhotoNews, Portfolio, The British Journal of Photography, PhotoReview and Gomma and in newspapers such as The Independent, The Telegraph, The Observer and The Guardian.

Sank’s photography is held in the permanent collections of Allan Servais, Brussells, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, Open Eye Gallery Archive, Liverpool, and Société Jersiaise, Jersey.


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