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 distinguished awards including CENTER Director's Choice Award First Place (2020). 1st Prize (Open Category) Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards (2017), !st Place winner of Robert Cornelius Portrait Award and two-time winner of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award. Reader's Collection and international contest winner for National Geographic Magazine, winner of the American Photography 36, (2020) 33 (2017) & 30th (2014) Annual Book Collection and The Archive New York, International Conservation Award in Culture.
Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally including such galleries as: Aperture Gallery, MIRAGE GALLERY JAPAN, MOPLA, Photo LA, Griffin Museum, The Museum of Big Band, Pacific Asia Museum, The Center for Fine Art, Stanford Space @ Stnafornd University, PingYao International PhotoFestivalChina; Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Auckland Festival of Photography, HeadOn Photo Festival, Thai-US International Exhibition with Steve McCurry, Bangkok. SKM International Photofestival in Taipei. Her work is in several private collections.