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Represented by Ann's Art Gallery, Groningen, the Netherlands    

Member and founder of Contre-jour Photographers' Collective

Bio:   Sander Martens (1973) is a Dutch freelance photographer who is specialized in black & white portraits, landscapes, and food. After many years of attending both photography and graphic art workshops, he became a professional photographer in 2014. According to New Dutch Photo Talent/GUP magazine, he belongs to the best 100 Dutch photography talents of 2017. 

Having studied Psychology and Artificial Intelligence in Tilburg, Nijmegen, and Cambridge (UK), he obtained his PhD degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Leiden in 2001. Currently he is an Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, investigating individual differences in the temporal dynamics of attention within and between different sensory modalities. In both his photography and scientific research he strives to go beyond the visible.

"Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second."    — Marc Riboud

“For me, photographing the decisive moment extends and preserves that short moment of happiness and beauty. Photographers can’t alter the harsh reality of today’s world, but what we can do is highlighting things that deserve attention. Personally, I love receiving the trust of people to peek into their private worlds. Whether it’s a company, a community, or someone’s own personal space, I thoroughly enjoy exploring these micro-worlds in search of fleeting moments, hidden places, or raw beauty that would otherwise just fade away. As a photographer I notice the surface details and how they represent something larger. It's actually much like being a cognitive neuroscientist.”