Sam Sanchez


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Samuelle Marionne Sanchez is a Filipino visual communicator, graphic designer, film photographer, and digital cinematographer who always works in the intersection of humanities and sciences, with his hybrid and unorthodox methods in practicing design, photography, and cinematography.

Better known to his family and friends as Sam, he hails from the Palm City of the Philippines, Tagum. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts degree with honors at the University of the Philippines Mindanao in April 2014 and was presented with the Best Thesis award for his documentary photography project about the town of New Bataan, Compostela Valley after it was ravaged by the tropical typhoon ”Bopha” in December 2012.

He started working as a student journalist during his elementary and secondary education, and then a photojournalist and social media manager during his collegiate years. At the same time, he was a freelance photographer whose photographs have been published in local newspapers such as Sun Star Davao, Mindanao Times, LIEU Magazine, and collegiate pubications such as Himati of UP Mindanao, and Atenews of Ateneo de Davao University. He is a member of various artist groups including Rangefinder Filipinas, PDExposures, Balud Art Collective, and Behance Philippines, and was also a radio host for a local radio station in 2010.

Primarily a photographer and graphic designer, his interest in becoming a “MAID in Dessau” was to further develop his design knowledge and skills in all media through knowledge and experience exchanges with his professors and classmates while retaining his “unorthodox-ness” as a communication artist. After his study period, he sees himself involved in bringing Mindanao design and photography to the world stage through international and intercultural projects.

In his free time, he plays various musical instruments, plays online video games, and enjoys traveling to new places, living in new cultures, savouring new cuisine, or engaging in fruitful conversations with people bearing new ideas. Of course, he never leaves his house without a camera, film or digital, always ready to capture experiences.