Sandra Banister


I am an award winning photographer specializing in Fine Art Portrait and Landscape photography who promotes diversity through the arts.

My work spans the globe with humanitarian efforts in Guyana, India and Nepal where I accompanied the legendary British Explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell on his Giant Elephant Quest expedition, and Cambodia where I was part of the team from the Golden Leaf Education Foundation to build schools.

This last year I completed my first book “Cambodia Awakening,” a photographic essay as interpreted through the eyes of Khmer Rouge survivors. My work has also found a home in notable publications such as Black & White (Winner of the 2013 "People's Choice Award" Single Image Contest), the Royal Geographic Magazine, Mammoth Hunt (Harpers Collins) and Popular Photography. My pro bono work can be found on the Golden Leaf Education Foundation, Portland Japanese Gardens, and Kukatonon Children's African Dance Troupe web sites.

I have been juried into several exhibits including the New York Center for Photographic Art "Juror's Selection" May 2013, Portland Open Studios, NewSpace Center for Photography, the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts Special Exhibit – Photography: Pinhole to iPhone (where I have also won Blue Ribbons two years in a row), the Portland Bridge Festival, and The Great Photography Weekend with Galen Rowell - 3rd Place Scenic.

My commercial clientele include Adidas US and other local Portland area based businesses.

I maintain an active association with the Oregon Women's Caucus for Art where we exhibit in group shows about four times a year.

Over the years my mentors include the late Galen Rowell, Nevada Weir, Tony Corbell (Santa Fe Photo Workshops), Miguel Gandert and most recently Dan Burkholder.




Wildwood #2

Wildwood #2

The Trail


Cambodia Awakening




Ghost of Kayakoy

Ice Storm