Mystery, Dignity and Grace


An interview with Snezhana von Büdingen

“Sofie brings with her the mysterious, the ponderous, the dignity, and the melancholy of heroes in the classical paintings of the old masters. I couldn’t have photographed her any differently.”

Snezhana von Büdingen won our ‘YOUTHHOOD’ theme with an exquisite, poetic portrait. Our judge, Wilfrid Estève of Studio Hans Lucas, described it as “a moment of sincerity and pleasure in a life that we imagine to be complicated”, praising the sensuality of the image and likening it to a Fernando Botero painting.

We posed some questions to Snezhana, keen to understand more about her images, her working practice, and of course her muse for the series, Sofie.