Sandra Mehl grew up in Sète and has documented this beach during three summers, from 2012 to 2014. Each of her solitary walk on this place is a meeting with a secretly preserved territory, apart from the rustles of the world, where members of a lagoon community live, perpetuating the rites of popular sociability and the vernacular know-how of the Mediterranean coast. This series is the intimate tale of a recovered astonishment towards the familiar, those of her childhood and of a territory, a way of life spared by our industrial and urban modernity.



P.S. : je t’écris de la plage des Mouettes

salon Polyptyque, Marseille

31.08.2018 – 02.09.2018

P.S. : je t’écris de la plage des Mouettes

Salon Photo Doc. 
Espace des Blancs Manteaux, Paris

04.05.2018 – 06.05.2018


Sandra Mehl graduated from Sciences Po Paris and EHESS in sociology. She starts working as a foreign aid worker and then in urban development before devoting herself to documentary photography. She is interested in the issues of territories and identities in France and abroad. She began in 2009 a documentary photographic project in Israel/Palestine on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (“Checkpoint Chronicle”), finalist of the Prix Roger Pic de la Scam in 2016. Afterwards, his photographic work becomes more intimate, taking an interest in questions of belonging and social mobility in popular environments, relying on his own life trajectory. She works for five years on the lagoon areas of the South of France (p.s. : je t’écris de la plage des Mouettes) then in the urban area, documenting the daily intimacy of two teenage sisters from the Cité Gély in Montpellier (Ilona et Maddelena). This last series is the winner of the Bourse du Talent 2016 and of the Prix du Festival MAP Toulouse 2016. 

In parallel to her personal photographic projects, she collaborates with the French press (Le Monde, Libération, Courrier international, L’Obs, Le Monde diplomatique, Marie Claire, Mediapart, La Vie, Le Parisien magazine, Jdd) and the foreign press (Internazionale, Financial Times Week end magazine, De Morgen, Vision magazine China), and also carries out institutional orders.




Workshop : Jane Evelyn Atwood, Denis Dailleux, Paolo Verzone, Cédric Gerbehaye.
Formations au CFPJ (Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes).

2014/2015 : Master 2 Recherche en sociologie – EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)

2001/2003 : Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris – Sciences Po Paris
2000/2001 : Khâgne B/L (Lettres et Sciences sociales) – Lycée Lakanal, Sceaux
1998/2000 : Hypokhâgne B/L (Lettres et Sciences sociales) – Lycée A. Daudet, Nîmes



Awards and exhibitions


2017: Prix Voies Off, Rencontres photographiques d’Arles (finalist)
Screening of the opening week of the Festival

2017 : Prix du Festival Les Boutographies (winner)
– Prix du public
– Prix “Les Jours”
– Prix Echange with the Festival Fotoleggendo (exhibition at the festival, in Rome)

2017: Prix PHmuseum (winner)
– Exhibition at the Festival Cortona on the Move 2017 (Italy) 

2017: Prix LensCulture Exposure (winner)

2017 : Prix D-AD Next Photographer, Getty Image (finalist)

2016 : Bourse du Talent, reportage category (winner)
– Exhibition at the Bibliothèque nationale de France F. Mitterrand (Dec.2016/March2017) and at the Maison de la photographie de Lille (spring 2017)
– Book dedicated to the Bourse du talent 2016, at the Editions Delpire 

2016 : Prix du Festival MAP Toulouse (winner)
– Exhibition at the Musée Paul Dupuy, Toulouse (June 2016)

2016 : Prix Life Framer (winner)
– Exhibition in Tokyo, New York, London, and Rome

2016 : Prix du Festival Lugano photo days (finalist)

2016 : Prix Renaissance (finalist) 
– Exhibition at the Getty Image Gallery of London (Sept.2016)

2016 : Prix Mentor Scam/ CFPJ (Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes)/Freelens (winner)
2016 : Bourse d’aide à la création artistique, Occitanie region (winner)


2016 : Prix Pharisien du Festival de photographie méditerranéenne Sept Off, Nice (winner)
2015 : Bourse du Talent #61, reportage category (finalist)
2015 : Special Jury Mention – Collective exhibition Des îles, Galerie le Bleu du ciel, Lyon

2016 : Prix Roger Pic de la Scam (finalist)


2016 : Bourse “Brouillon d’un rêve” de la Scam



Fisheye Magazine, may 2018