Mette Sandbye is a Professor in the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
With an educational background in Comparative Literature and Modern Culture & Cultural Communication, and a PhD on photography and memory in contemporary art, Mette specializes in photography studies. However, she also has a long career as a critic of contemporary art. Her books include the first history of Danish photography, Dansk Fotografihistorie, which she edited in 2004, and another co-edited anthology, Digital Snaps: The New Face of Photography (2014). Her current research focuses on the relationship between amateur photography and collective history since the 1960s, centred on the family photo-album. In 2019, she embarked on a collaborative Nordic project on women as professional photographers in Scandinavia 1880-1930.