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Alexander “Sandy” Nesbitt is a master of circumstance, equal parts intrepid traveler, logical thinker, and visual artist.  Sandy approaches any environment armed with the belief that the magic lies somewhere in the fray – in the space where people are really living. It’s an integral part of his ability to capture the real moments that define the spirit of being in a place. He’s an active part of his journeys, balancing making authentic images as an observer while celebrating being alive, and being present in the midst of an adventure.

Capable of problem solving in any environment, Sandy holds a message in mind while working out the visual and technical details necessary to capture the shot. The result is a collection of uniquely on-target documentary-style images created from the real life situations he sees around him.

A master of compelling documentary storytelling with a warm touch, Sandy invites you to come along for the ride. From teeth-gritting mountain treks to glistening beaches, from junky urban atmospheres to funky cultural experiences, whatever flavor you choose, the promise is the same, the images will feel real.

Sandy graduated from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A.in Sculpture in 1990 after beginning his education at the University of Maine studying Engineering Physics. His hybrid technical and artistic skills came together professionally first in industrial design before he took his career into photography professionally. Sandy officially launched his a professional photo career nearly twenty years ago – in 1997.

Grounded on his technical and artistic training at Pratt, Sandy’s work has evolved through wide-ranging documentary, artistic, journalistic, and commercial assignments. Initially, he was inspired by the harsh, yet vibrant city landscape around his apartment in New York’s late 80’s Lower East Side, as well as the street photography of Pratt professor Philip Perkis. Sandy dove into shooting in 1988, producing a visceral collection of black and white work. In time this lead to a documentary shooting workshop with Mary Ellen Mark in 1998. From there he taught himself the realities of difficult photojournalism on a multi-year personal project in the City of the Dead in Cairo, Egypt.

Since then he has been published in hundreds of publications and produced shoots for a list of national corporate and editorial clients. Sandy also has a successful collection of fine art prints that he retails at his studio and from his Newport, RI gallery – Blink Gallery. Sandy is an accomplished professional photographer and ready to put his broad technical experience, innate sense of authenticity and world travel skills to work on your advertising and editorial projects.

For assignments, estimates and questions please don’t hesitate to contact Sandy, or Studio Manager, Nichole.  Sandy works directly with clients who contact him but is also represented by Novus Select


Alexander Nesbitt Photography – 89 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840

Studio tel: 401.847.4255

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