Gary Schneider Gary Schneider: Nudes
Photo Date 2005 Print Date 2005
Dimensions 18-1/4 x 9-1/4 in. (464 x 235 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
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Aperture Foundation, New York City, NY, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 80pp., 35 four-color illustrations. As New in partial shrink wrap. Debut collection of male and female full-frontal nudes. One of the most unusual and most fascinating erotic and portrait photography books of the year 2005. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. A stunningly beautiful production by Gary Schneider, Francesca Richer, and Aperture Foundation: Oversize-volume format. The book is 18-1/4 inches long. Handsome black silk cloth boards with glossy photographic reproduction of a female nude pasted on cover and metallic-silver titles printed on spine, as issued. Photographs and brief afterword by Gary Schneider. Printed on 200 gsm Garda thick coated stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the American artist/photographer"s very first, full-fledged collection of nudes. Gary Schneider began experimenting with his unusual lighting technique in 1989, but he did not take these photographs until 2002 through 2004. The book is dedicated to Peter Hujar, who was his best friend, and John Erdman, his lifelong partner. Like all great photographic nudes, Gary Schneider's nudes delicately tread the line between the nude-as-study and the nude-as-erotic-object. They are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, they are mutually inclusive. Schneider used a small flash light to photograph each subject. What we see is not digitally altered in any way; the pitch-dark surrounding is real; and most crucial of all, the dark areas of the bodies that make many of the subjects look unusually hairy (or "rubbed over with charcoal", as one critic observed) are intentional on Schneider's part. The results are unlike anything anyone has seen or expects, and are therefore disorienting and even unsettling. You can't help looking, looking away, and looking back again, this time to linger, appreciate, and enjoy. Very few nudes afford us such an experience and reward repeated viewings so richly. Schneider is, in effect, applying and extending what he learned from a lifetime of portraiture to leave his indelible mark on the nude. His nudes can only be described as original and moving portraits of the human body in all of its particularity and beauty. "Schneider illuminates contemporary art and science, conceptual art and performance, portraiture and identity, and privacy within the public sphere", according to Deborah Martin Kao. Schneider's achievement was finally recognized in a major retrospective exhibition simply called "Portraits" at The Harvard University Art Museum in 2004. His new collection presents the nude-as-portrait.
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