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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Sandy Sorlien


SPE Member since 1999
Member Chapter: Mid-Atlantic

Sandy Sorlien

SPE member since 1999
Catfish Cutout, Schuylkill River under US 1


Sandy Sorlien is the author of Fifty Houses: Images from the American Road and Imagining Antarctica. In 2004 she chaired the SPE National Conference in Newport RI, Photography and Place. Later that year she became coordinating editor of the SmartCode, a model design and development document. Sandy travels nationally and internationally to help cities protect and create walkable neighborhoods, using photography extensively in her work. In 2011 she launched a photographic resource for planners, designers, and activists at In 2012 she finished the shooting for a ten-year book project, The Heart of Town: Main Streets in America. Her current project, Along the Banks, explores the 130-mile extent of her hometown Schuylkill River the old factories, new development, railways, parks, and floodplains. She works as an Environmental Educator at the Fairmount Water Works in Philadelphia.

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