Sandra Mehl


Sandra Mehl is a documentary photographer and filmmaker whose work focuses on contemporary issues such as human rights violations, inequality, and climate crisis, with an interest in their impact on daily life and intimacy. Her long-term projects cover stories across Europe, the United States and Western Asia. 

Having graduated from Sciences-Po Paris with a degree in international relations and a master's in sociology from Ehess, Mehl initially engaged in humanitarian aid in West Africa and suburban areas in France before transitioning to a career as a photojournalist.

Her photographs have been exhibited in many festivals and venues, including Visa pour l’Image Perpignan, Les Rencontres d’Arles, Cortona On The Move, and PhotoVille New York, among others.

In 2020, Mehl was a recipient of the Women Photograph and Nikon Grants for continuing to document the lives of two teenage sisters living in a poor district of Montpellier, in the south of France, and in 2022, she received the Grand National Photographic Commission ‘Regards sur la France’ from the French Ministry of Culture, focusing on the romantic relationships of young people in the Parisian suburbs. 

Mehl contributes to French press outlets such as Le Monde, Libération, Le Figaro Magazine, and international publications including The Washington Post, Stern, and Internazionale

World Press Photo Involvement:
2024 World Press Photo Contest winner 

Sandra Mehl on Social Media:
Instagram: @mehlsandra
Twitter: @SandraMehl1

Sandra Mehl