Snezhana von Buedingen

Meeting Sofie


In my series “Meeting Sofie,” I depict the life of a 19 year old girl with down syndrome born into a German emigrant family in Denmark. For the last eight years Sofie has been living with her family on a small farm in east Germany but grew up in the care of a successful Antiques dealer.



Since completing school Sofie spends most of her life on the farm. She enjoys being alone as well as with the few people with whom she has built close relationships –– her family, the farm animals, and her boyfriend Andy. The series gives the viewer a glimpse into the life of Sofie and her family. It shows Sofie’s emotional world, which may be akin to ours.



Short Bio

Snezhana von Buedingen, born in 1983 in Perm, Russia, studied Photography at the Fotoakademie Cologne, finishing her Diploma in 2016. Characterized by her international background, Snezhana focuses on documentary and portrait photography.
Snezhana lives and works as an independent photographer in Cologne/Germany.


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