Stefanie Schneider (German, b.1968) is a renowned photographer known for her distinctive imagery of the American West, particularly 29 PALMS, CA. Schneider uses expired Polaroid instant film to create large-scale images that exhibit striking color changes as a result of the deterioration of the chemicals in the film. Schneider also chooses to mount her exhibits in sequential order in a panel, giving the impression of a deteriorated film reel. She attended Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany, where she earned a MFA in Communication Design.

Schneider then moved to the United States to pursue projects related to the western part of the country. The sun-drenched landscapes of this region appealed to Schneider, moving her to embark on her project titled 29 PALMS, CA. This feature film and art piece chronicles the lives of individuals at a trailer park in the California desert. Schneider combines her favored method of photography, expired Polaroid film, with 8 mm and 16 mm still images and voice narration to encapsulate the hopes and dreams of the residents. The characters depicted in the film are played by both actors and nonactors. The story is put together through the interpretation of real life communications (such as emails and phone calls) that take place as the individuals depicted in the story try to make sense of events that have occurred in real life. The story is considered both biography and social commentary, and the characters in the film are simply exaggerated alter egos of the individuals who play them. The piece premiered in Berlin in 2009 and has since been on display in the Czech Republic. Schneider has supplemented her work on the project by designing album covers for popular music artists, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cyndi Lauper.

The artist’s work has been shown throughout Germany, including at the Braunschweig Museum für Photographie, Berlin's Museum für Kommunikation, the Institut für Neue Medien in Frankfurt, the Nassauischer Kunstverein in Wiesbaden, Kunstverein Bielefeld, Museum für Moderne Kunst Passau, and Foto-Triennale, Esslingen, and at Les Rencontres d'Arles in France. Schneider lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin.

Timeline

1968
Born in Cuxhaven, Germany
1994–1996
Erasmus Grant, Akademie Julien, Paris, France
1996
MFA, Folkwang Schule, Essen, Germany
Lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin.

Exhibitions

2012
Road Atlas - Straßenfotografie, DZ Bank Collection: Februar, Kunstmuseum Cottbus, fall 2012, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Winter 2013, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Art Foyer DZ Bank, Frankfurt/Main
2011
Polaroids, 30 Works, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2011
Mirrror of broken Dreams, Galerie Robert Drees, Hanover, Germany (solo)
2011
Stefanie Schneider, Jessica Backhaus, Jonas Unger curated by Deborah Brosotto, Cuxhaven, Germany
2011
Stefanie Schneider, Catherine et André Galerie Hug, Paris, France (solo)
2011
Polaroid (IM)POSSIBLE - THE WESTLICHT COLLECTION, Westlicht - Schauplatz für Fotografie
2011
California Dreaming, ROLLO Contemporary, London
2011
Summershow, Scott White Contemporary, San Diego
2011
Road Atlas - Straßenfotografie, DZ Bank Collection, Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim
2011
Suburbia, 30 Works, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2011
Renée's Dream, Photo Filmfeest Dresden
2010
Mapping Worlds: Welten verstehen – Aufbruch in die Gegenwart, 8. Internationale Foto -Triennale Esslingen 2010, Germany, curated by Andreas Baur (group)
Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York (group)
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Goslar, Germany (solo)
Auftakt 10, Galerie Supper, Karlsruhe, Germany (group)
2010
Stefanie Schneider, Walter Keller Gallery, Zurich (solo)
2010
Stefanie Schneider, Galerie Thierry Librati (solo)
2010
Kunstmesse Zurich, Solo Show Stefanie Schneider with Gallery Walter Keller
2010
Instant Dreams, Frank Picture Gallery, Santa Monica (solo)
2010
Women Only, Show Off, Paris with Galerie Hug, Paris, France
2010
L'Ouverture Collectif, Galerie Hug, Paris, France
2010
Treibsand in der kalifornischen Wüste, Künstleratelier Kaufhaus Klein, Burgau, Germany, curated by Adi Hösle
2010
Instant Dreams, 30 Works, Cologne, Germany
2010
Triennale Esslingen 2010, Germany, curated by Andreas Baur
2010
Auftakt 10, Galerie Supper, Karlsruhe, Germany
2009
29 Palms, CA, Galerie Koestlin, Artbar 71, Berlin, Germany
Till Death Do Us Part, Filmpremiere, Babylon, Berlin
Landscapes and Icons, Galerie Thierry Librati, Paris, France (solo)
True Lies, Kunsthaus Essen, Essen, Germany, curated by Uwe Schramm (group)
29 Palms, CA, Moravian Gallery, (Museum of Applied Arts), Brno, Czech Republic (solo)
Arthaus 02, Los Angeles, USA (group)
2008
Einblicke, Galerie Supper, Karlsruhe, Germany (group)
Sidewinder / 29 Palms, CA, c.art-Galerie, Dornbirn, Austria (solo)
Love, Städt. Galerie im Palazzo Ducale, Pavullo, Italy (group)
29 Palms, CA, International Filmfestival Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sidewinder, Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover, Germany (solo)
Sidewinder, Galerie Thierry Librati, Paris, France (solo)
Les Rencontres d'Arles - Photo Festival South of France, curated by Christian Lacroix, nominated for the Discovery Award (group)
Sidewinder, Städtische Galerie am Mozartplatz, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
("Frenzy", Image Presentation Salzburger Festspiele 2008) 29 Palms, CA, Galerie Spesshardt-Klein, Berlin (solo)
2007
29 Palms, CA, Polanoid, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Stefanie Schneider, Galerie Thierry Librati, Paris, France (solo)
Wastelands, Kunstverein Recklinghausen, Germany (solo)
Breaking The Waves, Arthaus, Los Angeles, USA, curated by Tim Wride (LACMA) (group)
Infinite Polar Bear Party, Galerie Amber Abbas former kunstbuero, Vienna, Austria, curated by Julie Ryan (group)
Sidewinder, Scalo | Guye, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
2006
Artists for Tichy - Tichy for Artists, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Passau, Germany (group)
Stay, nd-projects, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
Artists for Tichy - Tichy for Artists, curated by Adi Hösle and Roman Buxbaum, The East Bohemian Gallery in Pardubice, Czech Republic (group)
Sidewinder, Artwalk Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands, curated by Frans Oomen (group)
Out of the Camera: Analoge Fotografie im digitalen Zeitalter, curated by Lars Mextorf, Kunstverein Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany (group)
Artists for Tichy - Tichy for Artists, curated by Adi Hösle and Roman Buxbaum, Moravská Galerie (Haus Der Kunst), Brno, Czech Republic, Salon Lessing, Zürich, Switzerland (group)
Stefanie Schneider, c.art-Galerie, Bregenz, Austria (solo)
Stranger Than Paradise, Galerie Drees, Hannover, Germany (solo)
Wastelands, Städtische Galerie, Waldkraiburg, Germany (solo)
Wastelands, Zephyr, Mannheim, Germany (solo)
Land in Translation, Riverside Museum, Riverside,CA, USA (group)
2005
Zaunwelten, Museum für Kommunikation, Berlin, Germany (group)
Stefanie Schneider, nd-projects, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
Last Picture Show, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Stefanie Schneider, Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR, USA (solo)
29 Palms, CA., Schloß Ritzebüttel, Cuxhaven, Germany (solo)
Polaroid als Geste, Museum for Photography, Braunschweig, Germany (group)
A Warlike People: Victims or Perpetrators? curated by Lara Taubman, Monorchid Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, USA (group)
2004
Stefanie Schneider, Colectivo Fotográfico UFCA, Algecira, Spain (solo)
29 Palms, CA. Brotfabrik, Berlin, curated by Andrea Domesle, Wien (solo)
Stefanie Schneider, Galerie Michael Sturm, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
Suburbia, Galerie KuttnerSiebert, Berlin, Germany (solo)
American Dreams, Gallery Zelda Cheatle, London, England (solo)
Schöne Aussichten, Galerie KuttnerSiebert, Berlin, Germany (group)
Endstation Sehnsucht, Galerie Greulich, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
OilFields, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, LA, USA (S) DreamGirl, Marvelli Gallery, NY, USA (solo)
Armory Show NY with Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects, LA, USA (group)
29 Palms, CA, Galerie Kaempf, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
Stefanie Schneider - L'usine Galerie, Brussels (solo)
2003
Paris Photo with TZR Galerie für Bildende Künste, Bochum, Germany (solo)
Stefanie Schneider, Galerie Michael Sturm, Stuttgart, Germany (group)
First Glance, Galerie kuttnersiebert, Berlin, Germany (group)
California Dreaming, TZR Galerie, Bochum, Germany (solo)
Armory Show NY with LA Projects, Los Angeles, USA (group)
YOU - Galerie Fiebach & Minninger, Cologne (group)
2002
1 Site 2 Places II, KUNST+PROJEKTE Sindelfingen e.V., Germany (group)
Realities and Histoires d´amour, Kunstverein Ulm, Germany with Gabriele Basch, Tracey Moffatt, Mathilde ter Heijne (group)
I love you so much, Winter und Winter, Munich, Germany (solo)
Stefanie Schneider, Galerie Michael Zink, München (solo)
Projekte mit Fotografie - Kunststiftung Poll, Berlin (group)
2001
Night On Earth, Städtische Ausstellungshalle Am Hawerkamp, Münster, Germany curated by Ralf Christofori (group)
LISTE 01, Basel, Switzerland, with Susanne Vielmetter, LA Projects (group)
Rough Cuts, Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects, Los Angeles (solo)
Entweder? Oder!, Kunstallianz, Treptowers, Berlin, Germany, curated by Tobias Kuttner und Mattias Siebert (group)
Loosely Landscapes, Cerro College, Ridgcrest, CA, USA (group)
2000
Stefanie Schneider, Kunststiftung Poll, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Instant Dreams, Susanne Vielmetter LA Projects, LA, USA (solo)
Insight from Outside USA, TZR Galerie, Bochum, Germany (group)
Neue Fotografie, Galerie Schedler, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
1999
Film und Fotografie im Dialog-Sehnsucht und Utopie, Nassauischer Kunst-verein; Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany (group)
Gasoline, Galerie Michael Zink, Regensburg, Germany (solo)
Stefanie Schneider, Galerie Michael Zink, Regensburg, Germany (solo)
Jetzt in Berlin, Büro für Photographie, Stilwerke Berlin, Germany (group)
1998
California Blue Screen, Büro für Photographie, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
Stefanie Schneider , Deutsches Generalkonsulat, Los Angeles, curated by Susanne Vielmetter, USA (solo)
Californian Consolidation, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)