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Nudes – Gary Schneider in Hafnarhús. Opening Saturday 15 May 3 p.m.

Gary Schneider, Trevor 2004Photographer Gary Schneider, born in South Africa in 1954, lives and works in New York. His exhibition Nudes opens at Reykjavik Art Museum – Hafnarhús on Saturday 15 May at 3 p.m. The day before, Friday 14 May at 12 noon Schneider gives a lecture on his works and career. Entrance is free.

The exhibition Nudes, consists of 30 life-size portraits of nude men and women that Schneider has photographed using an unusual technique. All the figures lie in the same position, seemingly imposed, while Schneider moves flashlight beams slowly across the bodies, accentuating their characteristics with light and shadows.
In a text written by the photographer Einar Falur Ingólffsson says: “Schneider has lived and worked in the United States for years. Since the early seventies, his subject of his photographic work has been genetics, bodies and faces; his own and those of other subjects. Over the last two decades he has developed a technique where he “paints” the sitter onto the film during very long exposures.

Works from the “Nudes” series made quite an impression when they were first exhibited five years ago. A New York Times critic described them as “remarkable photographs” that “present a collective celebration of the human body” and showcase a vivid life-force triumphing over mortality.

In a way these pieces might be approached as either painting or photography, as the film records what the artist slowly illuminates, allowing light to paint the subject onto film. The subject lies on a black cloth on the floor of a darkened studio. The camera lens remains open for up to an hour, during which time Schneider illuminates the body with a small flashlight. He starts with the right side of the face and slowly moves down that side of the body. He then works his way up the left side of the body, finally reaching the left side of the face. He has, over a long period, developed a sense for the volume of light needed to sufficiently expose each body part.“

Gary Schneider’s photographs have been exhibited at major art museums in the United States and Europe, and he has works in many prestigious collections.

Article by Einar Falur Ingólfsson

The exhibition is a part of Reykjavik Arts Festival 2010.

On Saturday 22 May 3 p.m. Einar Falur Ingólfson photographer leads a guided tour through the exhibition.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 04.08.2015