Meeting Sofie

PrizeHonorable Mention in Photography, Shortlist in Photography
CompanySnezhana von Buedingen
ArtistSnezhana von Büdingen
CreditSofie with cigarette, Germany, 2018
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I got to know Sofie, 19 years old girl with Down Syndrome, in the autumn of 2017. She’s just finished school and spent almost every day on the family estate in Eilensted (Germany). I’ve been visiting Sofie and her family for over a year, I had a chance to experience their everyday lives; seeing and sharing the highs and lows of this young girl’s first steps into love. At that time Sofie was in that awkward yet beautiful and thrilling age of transition from a girl to a woman. The series gives the viewer a glimpse into the Sofie's life, in the fascinating „Sofies world“ and her sensitive nature.

Snezhana von Büdingen, born in 1983 in Perm, Russia, lives and works as an independent photographer in Cologne. Von Büdingen studied communication management with a major in journalism at the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück. From 2013 to 2016 she completed her photography studies at the Cologne Photoacademy. She focuses on social issue photography and reportage. Her works have been published in such media as "TIME", "Die Zeit", "Der Spiegel", "Stern", "DeMorgen“, „deVolkskrant".