“Some of the characteristics of Sannes' photography are heavy grain and motion blur.”
There isn't a lot of information in English about this mysterious Dutch photographer with a rhyming name Sanne Sannes (1937-1967). Dead at the age of 30 in a car accident in Bergen, the Netherlands, Sannes would always be remembered not only by the fans of black-and-white photography but by all photography enthusiasts altogether. And this is mainly because the photographer didn't just take regular pictures of people. He deeply dedicated himself to each photoshoot, producing individual reflections of the human psyches. Some of the characteristics of Sannes' photography are heavy grain and motion blur. The latter was a result of a very slow shutter speed as Sannes loved working with 1/25 of a second to erase the boundaries between reality and a dream. He also only worked with existing light and a hand-held camera. Without restricting himself to any technical aspects, Sannes experimented a lot with close-ups and crops. Moreover, he scratched and painted on his negatives and exposed prints multiple times.
The main theme of his work were young and, of course, attractive women with whom Sannes always had more than just a photographic experience. In 1966 he made a photo film for the Dutch broadcasting organisation VPRO. The story portraying Lucia Campert, the wife of Dutch author, poet and columnist Remco Campert (1929 - ) was carefully edited by Sannes, however, the release was refused by VPRO as the movie was loaded with nudity and had sadistic elements. Sannes' idea was to depict Lucia Campert's fantasies by showing her and other women in the film acting out as strippers, femmes fatales, prostitutes and vampires.
On the day of the fatal accident, together with Sannes in the car was his assistant Gerrit Jan Wolffensperger and a model Yvonne Vel. Both of them survived the crash, however, heavily injured, Vel could never go back to modelling again. Sannes was buried at Heidehof Cemetery in Ugchelen, Gelderland province of the Netherlands.
After Sannes' death, a filmmaker Frodo Terpstra made a documentary The Women of Sanne Sannes, which was broadcasted in 2009 by the Dutch documentary programme Het Uur van de Wolf. The film portrays Sannes as a lonely man who compensated his lack of eroticism and love by taking sensual nudes of young women with whom he also was involved romantically.
You can watch the documentary trailer here.
And read more about the documentary in Dutch here.