Michelle Sank

Michelle Sank was born in South Africa and currently resides in the UK. Her photographs have been exhibited and published extensively in England, Europe, Australia and Mexico, South Africa and the U.S.A. Her imagery is held in the permanent collections of Allan Servais, Brussells, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, Open Eye Gallery Archive, Liverpool, Societe Jersiaise and Guernsey Museum, Channel Island and Southeast Museum of Photography, Florida.  She has undertaken numerous commissions for prominent galleries and magazines in Europe and the USA and her work has won awards in many prestigious competitions.  Sank has three published books, The Water’s Edge: Women on the Waterfront (Published by Liverpool University Press) – a study of women who worked and still work on Liverpool’s Docks, Becoming (Published by Belfast Exposed Photography and Ffotogallery,) – a major monograph featuring her portraits taken over five years, and The Submerged, published by Schilt Publishing.  Today we share her series Insulae.

Untitled, Jersey Airport Georgia, Havre des Pas Swimming Pool, St Clement, Jersey Étienne Lainé (Never Alone), Fort Richmond, Perelle, Guernsey Shooting Range, Portinfer, Guernsey


Insulae aims to address the diversity that exists within The Bailiwick of Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands. The physical isolation and independence of these islands creates a uniqueness and microcosm where contrasts co-exist. Through a series of portraits, still life and landscapes the images produced will serve as a testament to this individuality; the variety of communities that live on the islands – from agricultural to business, government, leisure and tourism; the events and celebrations that are particular to these islands; the way historical and contemporary landscapes co-exist architecturally and how local inhabitants and tourism interact with these spaces.

George and Gladys,Patois Speakers,Le Marais, Guernsey Senator Ian Gorst, Chief Minister, States of Jersey Kiga, Volunteer R.G Falla construction wall, St Peter Port, Guernsey Anne Loseff, Fort George kitchen, St Peter Port, Guernsey Christian Busel, Head of Private Banking, EFG (Channel Islands) Ltd Dais, Liberation Square, St Helier, Liberation Day Veronica, Jersey Boys in Sea Statue, St Brelade Churchyard, Jersey Family outing, Cobo Bay, Guernsey Field, Trinity, Jersey Marjorie and Laura, La Route de la Liberation, Jersey

This work was produced with the support of “Archisle”, Jersey and “Guernsey Photography Festival, Guernsey.  Michelle Sank is represented by Gallerie Vassie, Amsterdam,  info@galleryvassie.com

To view more of Michelle’s work, please visit her website.