Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s most culturally diverse countries. It has 852 known spoken languages and a population of just over 7 million, with 85% of its inhabitants living in rainforests. The country of Papua New Guinea is one of the least explored culturally and geographically in the world. Overcome by curiosity, I have traveled the country photographing over 450 tribes, men and women from such tribes as the Asaro Mudmen, the Omo Masali Skeleton People, the Huli Wingmen, the Kuruwari Tribe the Hotwara Tribe, the Yenchan Tribe, the Sili Muli of Enga and the Huli of Hela just to name a few. Historically, this work will become very important in the study of the social anthropology of Papua New Guinea, as Western civilization begins its inroads into this society.
As a young teen, Sandro embraced the idea of making photographic portraits after seeing the portrait imagery of Irving Penn. He began photographing in Chicago at the age of sixteen and has since devoted his thirty-plus-year career to creating expressive images from his elegant Ukranian Village studio. With numerous award-winning commercial campaigns to his credit, Sandro is one of today's foremost fine-art photographers. For the past eight years, in juried competitions within the industry, Sandro has been voted one of the top 200 advertising photographers in the world.