Michelle Sank was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She has been living and working in the UK since 1987. Her photography has always encompassed issues around social and cultural diversity. She has photographed young people in different social contexts with the portraits being produced through a mix of street photography and youth group collaborations. By photographing in varying physical and social environments, she captures the nuances, norms and sense of identity that are particular to and a reflection of youth within different societies today.
Her photographs have been exhibited and published in England, Europe, Australia, Mexico, South Africa and the U.S.A. She has undertaken numerous residencies for prominent galleries in the U.K. and Europe. Her work is held in both private and permanent collections such as The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and The Woodstock Centre for Photography, New York. In 2007 she was a winner in The Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, London.
A monograph of her work called “Becoming” was published in 2006 and another book “The Water’s Edge” in 2007