Sandro has been photographing people for over thirty five years. He became interested in photography at the age of sixteen upon seeing the work of Irving Penn and has since devoted his life to creating expressive images.
With numerous award-winning campaigns to his credit, Sandro is one of today’s foremost photographers. He has photographed many national advertising campaigns for a long list of clients including: Allstate Insurance, American Express, Anheuser-Busch, BMW, Dove, Gatorade, Coca-Cola, Honda, Pepsi, Milk, Nikon, Microsoft, Miller/Coors, Motorola, Samsung, Nike, Adidas, Pony, UPS, Champion, and the US Army.
In 2001 Sandro was invited by the Cuban government to photograph that country’s greatest national treasure – its athletes. This project was the first US/Cuban collaboration since the trade embargo was imposed in 1960. Sandro's editorial work has been featured in The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Russian Esquire, Time, Forbes, Details, Stern, Wired, Newsweek, Vibe, Communication Arts, Graphis, New York Magazine, Eyemazing, and ESPN Magazine and has been exhibited worldwide.
Sandro has a working relationship with the camera giant Nikon and is responsible for introducing the latest technology to the professional photographic world. He has worked on many award-winning projects with Nikon including a portrait session with actor John Malkovich in Croatia, a series of motorcycle racing shots in Brainerd, Minnesota, a still and video shoot of the roller derby team “The Windy City Rollers”, a video of the world-renowned high-wire artist Philippe Petit, and most recently, a short cinematic video entitled “Joy Ride”, featuring a motorcyclist racing through the early morning streets of Chicago on a mysterious mission.
Throughout Sandro's career, each year he has contributed his talents to both community-based and national charitable organizations by creating powerful imagery and compelling campaigns soliciting contributions for such organizations as the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Food Depository of Chicago, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Milwaukee, Evans Life Foundation, Arts for Life, Dance for Life, AIDS Chicago, AIDS New Jersey, and The Good City.
At the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in July 2011, Sandro was acknowledged with a Saatchi & Saatchi Best New Director Award for his short video “Butterflies” featuring John Malkovich. For the past five years, in juried competition within the industry, Sandro has been voted one of the top 200 advertising photographers in the world.
Sandro traveled to Morocco in November 2013 and shot portraits of 230 local tradesmen, nomadic people, snake charmers, fossil diggers, and Gnawa musicians.
In 2014 Sandro re-created 41 photographs paying homage to the world's greatest photographers in a project titled "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters", using John Malkovich as the subject in each image.
On November 2, 2014, in Carnegie Hall, the Lucie Foundation honored Sandro with the “International Photographer of the Year Award” for his achievements in photography.
On October 27, 2015, for the 2nd year in a row, Sandro was honored with the Lucie Foundation’s “International Photographer of the Year Award” for his photography of the "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters" images.
- 2015 Lucie Foundation. International Photographer of the Year Award
- 2014 Lucie Foundation. International Photographer of the Year Award
- 2013 200 Best Ad Photographers, Luerzer’s Archive
- 2013 Award of Excellence, Communication Arts, Photography Annual
- 2013 200 Best Photographers, American Photography
- 2012 200 Best Ad Photographers, Luerzer’s Archive
- 2012 200 Best Photographers, American Photography
- 2011 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Saatchi & Saatchi - Best New Director Award
- 2010 200 Best Photographers, American Photography
- 2009 200 Best Photographers, American Photography
- 2009 Award of Excellence, Photography Annual, Communication Arts
- 2008 200 Best Photographers, American Photography
- 2008 Award of Excellence, Photography Annual, Communication Arts
- 2007 Clio, Harley Davidson Campaign, Carmichael-Lynch
- 2006 Best in Show, Self Promotion, Photo District News
- 2005 Cannes Lion, Ambassador Scotch Campaign, Leo Burnett
- 2003 Best in Show, Self Promotion, Photo District News
PARTIAL CLIENT LIST
- Leo Burnett
- Ogilvy & Mather
- McGarry Bowen
- Energy BBDO
- DDB Chicago
- Team Detroit
- Digitas Health
- Publicis LifeBrands Medicus
- Venables Bell & Partners
- Blast Radius
- ARC Worldwide
- Plan B
- Schafer Condon Carter
- Cline, Davis & Mann
- Grey Healthcare
- McCann Worldwide
- Commerce House
- Saatchi & Saatchi
- American Cancer Society
- American Family Insurance
- Lincoln Motor Company
- NBC Universal
- US Army
- University of Chicago Medicine
- Chicago AIDS Coalition
- Cox Communications
- Bank of America
- American Express
- Steppenwolf Theatre Company
- Swiss Army Watches
- Avlon Industries
- American Heart Association
- American Heart Association
- Frito Lay
- Harley Davidson
- Starz Entertainment