New body of work in gallery, "______ America" by Chris Schneider

For no particular reason, I opened a folder with some of my 35mm negatives I shot back in the early 90's.  Not only did it bring me back to a time when I could take extended road trips, meandering about in no particular direction but heading toward whatever caught my eye, I was also struck by the quality of images I had never printed before.  Page after page I found unmined gold, work that surely deserved to be made.  

This set me on a quest to go through all my negatives, from the first ones I made while in college in 1993 until 2012 (because, you see, and I am chagrined to admit this, I have not developed a roll of film recently).  Twenty years of imagery, exploration, daring, and long-ago folk in my life.  It quickly became clear that my taste in photography has changed.  I'd like to think it has matured with greater sophistication in the understanding of what is "good".  

I have always respected the work in Robert Franks' "The Americans", Bill Owens' "Suburbia", and the general work of Walker Evans.  All of them revealed something complex and engaging about the United States, uniquely capturing the state of the nation in their time.  In revisiting my film work, I realized it was also creating a portrait of America, but in my time.  As Owens states, "To me, nothing seemed familiar, and yet, everything was very, very familiar."

This body of work will gradually grow as I continue to mine my negatives.  Enjoy. 

by Chris Schneider


My website has adopted a new style.  Call it funky, call it smooth.  It was time to get up with the times like the mannequin man above, but with a less well-groomed beard.

As with all new projects, I am starting this one with the best of intentions.  Updates on shows, what is happening, new work, general thoughts-- I have a lot to say and hopefully a lot of exciting news to share.  

My previous website was completely self-designed.  When I last showed it to one of my classes, a graphic design major informed me that it was quaintly amateur.  Unfortunately, I did it on GoLive, a program that no longer exists (just like in college when I took a class on Fortran, a computer language, and on the last day of class the professor announced that it was no longer going to be used).  Instead of learning yet another program, I am going the way of the template.  I must say, though, that as far as templates go, this one is good.  Perhaps I am wrong.  Let me know what you think.