Sean Kobi Sandoval (14 July 1995) graduated from the photography department at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague in July 2021. He is an autobiographical documentary analogue photographer and filmmaker. Sean focuses on visualizing the intricacies of the human experience, the spaces in between belonging and growth, aspiring to motivate others on their journey through life and to connect to nature as both a spiritual and healing experience.
In 2019, Sean’s work What the Tide Still Carries was exhibited at Les Rencontres d’Arles (France) for their BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) 50th Anniversary opening night, and again in Les Rencontres d’Arles for the Fotobus Society’s screening, at the Eye Filmmuseum (Amsterdam) and the Huntington Beach Film Festival (California). He had other works exhibited in 2019 at Galéria Médium (Bratislava) and he is published in Baobab Magazine. In 2020, his work was published in Fisheye Magazine (online), exhibited at the Grey Space in the Middle (The Hague), and he published his first book Stories for the Seas in collaboration with SurfEars to help clean the world’s oceans by giving 100% profit back to the seas. Sean works for and is part-owner of D’BRIS: a shoe made form ocean plastic and car tires. His project, This is Home. This is Gold. was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art 2021 graduation show. This project is made possible with the support from Kodak Alaris.