I am Sanne Zurné. I work as a photojournalist. I was born in 1988 in Arnhem, and I am currently based in Amsterdam in The Netherlands.
In 2015 I went to Cambodia to follow Harrie, a Dutch senior who has been holidaying at the expense of the state for over 30 years. In the year after I spend a couple of weeks in Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt, where I photographed the few holidayers still traveling there after Russian passenger plane Metrojet flight 9268 was brought down by the Islamic State a few hours after taking off.
In 2017 I became interested in the self photographing person: the Instagram influencers. I went to take a look at Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, where I photographed young girls during the Insta-highlight of their trip. Back home I noticed the Chinese turbo tourists who try to see as much as possible in as little time as possible. In a couple of days I criss-crossed through the Netherlands with them.
In 2018 I received the Free Press Unlimited fund and the BJP (extraordinary journalistic projects) fund to travel to the Island state of Kiribati in the Pacific. Rising sea levels and warming oceans threaten the low-lying small island nation of Kiribati. I went to the islands three times in 2019 to capture the I-Kiribati and their fight against the Ocean. I made two photoseries: Do you really think we're going to sink? And Island Faces. In October 2019 I published the photobook about this project. You can order it here.
I studied Fine Art on ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de kunsten (Arnhem, The Netherlands) and Photography at Bezalel (Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine). I graduated in 2012 and worked for different magazines and newspapers ever since. I worked for / published in Het Parool, De Morgen Magazine, VICE, The Independent, KNACK Magazine, De VPRO, OneWorld, Eenvandaag, Fluter, CNN, United Nations , Trouw, De Gelderlander and De VARA.
I also work as an image editor for Amsterdam based newspaper Het Parool.