Gary Schneider

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Gary Schneider: Portraits
by Deborah Martin Kao
Publisher's Description
In Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes states that photography is more akin to theater than painting and the critic is looking to explore photography like a wound. Gary Schneider's absolutely astonishing body of work visually embodies what Barthes can only write about. His intensely close portraits use long exposure times (up to an hour and a half), in which he exactingly moves a flashlight, the sole source of light, over his subjects' face. Thus, he records not only his own performance as the artist but also the subtle movements and expressions of his sitters. His family portraits of hands are just as visceral an exploration. And his famous genetic self-portraits, taken through various microscopes, document selfhood beyond the surface. Through each body of work, Schneider obliquely builds upon and comments on the nature of the photographic medium itself. This modest, but well-printed book, from Yale University Press in association with Harvard Art Museums, is the first to treat Schneiders' work in depth.
ISBN: 030010054X
Publisher: Harvard Art Museums
Paperback : 134 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.5 x 10 x 0.5 inches
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