Sanne Sannes (1937-1967)

Dirty Girl (1967)

The Dutch photographer Sanne Sannes (1937-1967) earned a name for himself in the early 1960s with his grainy, erotic portraits. He was viewed as an extremely promising photographer of the new generation characterised by the freedom of the Sixties.

Women were his favourite subjects and an endless source of inspiration. In a manner verging on obsession, he photographed them repeatedly during ecstatic sessions, often naked, recording their most intimate moments. This intimacy was emphasised in out-of-focus and underexposed photos because Sannes worked with existing light and always with a hand-held camera.

Sannes worked on exhibitions both in the Netherlands and abroad. Due to his untimely death, he never truly achieved international fame. Even though his career was cut short prematurely when he died in a car accident at the age of thirty, the oeuvre he built up was nevertheless of the finest quality.