Rediscovering Joy Through Photography

Sandra Cattaneo Adorno - Ep. 50

Rediscovering Joy Through Photography

Sandra Cattaneo Adorno - Ep. 50

Podcast Cover Art - Episode 50

In the 50th episode of "Photo Country," I enjoyed chatting with the remarkable Sandra Cattaneo Adorno, a Brazilian street photographer who found her passion for photography in her sixties. Sandra's journey is a testament to the idea that it's never too late to discover a new passion, and her story is bound to inspire anyone who listens.

A Late Start to a Profound Career

Sandra Cattaneo Adorno's foray into photography began somewhat inadvertently in her sixties, a time when most people are thinking about retirement. Yet, for Sandra, it marked the beginning of a creative journey that has not only filled her life with joy but has also brought her work to international acclaim, culminating in a brand-new book and an exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

The Magic of Photography

Ten Years by Sandra Cattaneo Adorno

Ten Years by Sandra Cattaneo Adorno

During our conversation, Sandra eloquently shared how photography allows her to return to a childlike state of wonder and excitement. She approaches each photo shoot with curiosity and joy, eagerly anticipating the moment she can see her shots on a larger screen. Her passion for capturing the fleeting moments of life, combined with her keen eye for beauty, has enabled her to create images that are both striking and deeply personal.

The Accordion Book: A Unique Artwork

Ten Years
The Book

Sandra's latest project, an accordion-format photo book, showcases her photography in a unique and interactive way. The idea, proposed by her publisher at Radius Books, perfectly aligns with Sandra's desire for playfulness in her art. The book defies traditional structure—it has no beginning or end, allowing viewers to experience her work from any point and in any direction they choose. This innovative format, coupled with the metallic gold ink used to print her golden-hued photographs, highlights the intricate details of her work and adds a layer of richness and depth to each image.

Lessons in Creativity and Persistence

Sandra Cattaneo Adorno

Sandra's story is a powerful reminder that creativity knows no age limit. Her transition from a business background to becoming an acclaimed street photographer highlights the untapped potential that lies within each of us. Sandra's journey underscores the importance of staying open to new experiences and the transformative power of embracing one's creativity later in life.

A Global Citizen Through the Lens


Sandra Cattaneo Adorno in Italy

Sandra travels the world, capturing the essence of street life across diverse cultures. Her sense of curiosity and love for interaction shine through her photography, offering viewers a glimpse into the beauty she sees in the world. From Italy to Japan, Sandra's work celebrates the universal human spirit, transcending cultural and geographical boundaries.

The Joy of Discovery


Reflecting on her decade-long photography career, Sandra Cattaneo Adorno radiates gratitude and joy. Her adventure into photography has been a gift, allowing her to rediscover the world with fresh eyes and an open heart. She continues to explore, learn, and share her vision with the world, proving that it's never too late to pursue your passions and find fulfillment.

Embracing the Journey

At the Venice Biennale

As we wrapped up our conversation with Sandra, her enthusiasm and wisdom left me inspired. Her perspective on photography and life encourages us to seek out our passions, regardless of our age or starting point. Through her lens, Sandra Cattaneo Adorno captures more than just images; she captures the sheer joy of living and the beauty of rediscovering oneself.

Sandra's work, including her unique accordion book, can be found on her website and through Radius Books. Her exhibitions, especially the acclaimed showcase at the Venice Biennale, remind us that art can break boundaries and unite us in wonder and appreciation.

As "Photo Country" celebrates its 50th episode with Sandra Cattaneo Adorno, we are reminded of the boundless possibilities within the realm of creativity. Her story, marked by curiosity, joy, and a late-blooming career in photography, is an inspiring reminder that it is never too late to follow one's dreams and discover new passions.

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