Sandra's work focuses on documentary photography emphasizing social identity, culture, and minorities. Earlier projects include the rich culture diversity in India. She has dedicated, long-term projects on the lives of women in the Middle East, refugees and the American pop culture.
Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Sandra Chen Weinstein studied ceramic art and exhibited this work in Japan and the US. She moved to Canada and U.S. in the mid-1980s before settling in California in the 90's.
She has twice been selected to participate in Magnum Workshops in cooperation with Nooderlicht Photofestival with Stuart Franklin in The Netherlands 2009, and White Chapel Art Gallery with Ian Berry, London 2011. She went on an India expedition with Steve McCurry in 2007. Her photographic art is greatly inspired and influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Susan Meiselas.
Sandra has received numerous national and international awards including winner for Robert Cornelius Portrait Award and two-time winner of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award. Recently, she is the winner and selected for American Photography 30th Annual Book Collection and The Archive, New York. Reader's Collection and international contest winner for National Geogrephic Magazine. Invited photographer to Pingyao Photofestival in China and SKM International Photofestival in Taipei.