Mette Sandbye

Mette Sandbye


Primary fields of research

Professor of Photography Studies.


Primary research areas

With an educational background from Comparative Literature and Modern Culture & Cultural Communication and a PhD on photography and memory in contemporary art, I have specialized in photography studies with a focus on photography's history and theory, contemporary art, the 20th century avant-garde art, and vernacular photography.

Current research

I currently do research on the relationship between amateur photography and collective history since the 1960s centered on the family photo album and a focus on materiality, social exchange, communication and personal as well as collective storytelling. In this connection, I (with Jonas Larsen) edited the anthology Digital Snaps. The New Face of Photography (I.B. Tauris, 2014); an overall survey of vernacular and everyday photography's “new media ecology” in the light of the digital changes. I have also published on artists working with photography between art, documentary and archival research.

In 2019 I embarked on a collaborative Nordic project on women as professional photographers in Scandinavia 1880-1930.

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