Many Fairytales (The Princess and her Lover) - Limited Edition of 10 Photograph by Stefanie Schneider

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Many Fairytales (The Princess and her Lover) - Limited Edition of 10

Stefanie Schneider

United States Minor Outlying Islands

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Size: 7.9 W x 7.9 H x 0.1 in

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Photography: Polaroid, Color, C-type, Photo on Other.

Many Fairytales (The Princess and her Lover)
2007, Edition of 1/10, 20x20cm.
Digital C-Print based on a Polaroid, not mounted,
Signature label and Certificate.
Artist Inventory #7261.01.

A German view of the American West

The works of Stefanie Schneider evoke Ed Ruscha's obsession with the American experience, the richness of Georgia O'Keefe's deserts and the loneliness of Edward Hopper's haunting paintings. So how exactly did this German photographer become one of the most important artists of the American narrative of the 20th and 21st century?

Born in Germany in 1968, photographer Schneider starts with an idea, a plot. Collecting or building what she needs for the shoot to take place, like the expired Polaroid film she uses exclusively for her narratives which normally takes place in Southern California, especially the high desert of Joshua Tree National Park. Once the shoot is complete, the choice Polaroids are taken to her analog color lab in Berlin Germany where a negative is made and an edition is printed in the artists custom built dark room by hand. Due to the nature of analog photography, the entire edition is printed at the same time to insure continuity. The work is mounted and exhibited in galleries mainly in Europe & North America for over 25 years. Dedicated to the photographic process of analog post production using instant film exclusively.

What is most striking about Schneider's images is the color of her expired Polaroid film. Her role in preserving the use of Polaroid is one aspect of her work that has gained great respect from her contemporaries and critics due to the continuation of the medium itself with the help of the Impossible project who rescued the sole remaining Polaroid film production plant in the world in 2008.

This theme of preservation and deterioration is a core part of Schneider's oeuvre. In an interview in October 2014 with Artnet, the artist explained how her own experiences of pain and loss inspire her. ''My work resembles my early life: Love, lost and unrequited, leaves its mark in our lives as a senseless pain that has no place in the present.''

This theme of preservation and deterioration is a core part of Schneider's oeuvre. In an interview in October 2014 with Artnet, the artist explained how her own experiences of pain and loss inspire her. ''My work resembles my life: Love, lost and unrequited, leaves its mark in our lives as a senseless pain that has no place in the present.''

''The ex-lover experiences the residues of love as an amputee experiences the sensation of a ghost limb.'' - Stefanie Schneider

Schneider's subjects are often featured in apocalyptic settings: desert planes, trailer parks, oilfields, run-down motels and empty beaches, alone, or if not, not connected with one another. ''It is the tangible experience of ''absence'' that has inspired my work,'' explained Schneider.

(Barnebys, May 3rd, 2017)


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