Item description for Stefanie Schneider: Stranger than Paradise by Eugen Blume...
Stefanie Schneider uses expired Polaroid film to photograph her friends in wigs, in silver underwear in trailer parks, and on rooftops, in a retro B-movie aesthetic helped along by the instant-antiquing of the discolored film and by the fact that some of her models are genuine movie stars. Among motel signs from the 50s, palm trees against the blue sky, candy-colored limousines, a gas station in the middle of nowhere, we find young people who seem oddly lost, vacant-eyed--among them Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. Director Marc Forster has picked up on Schneider's movie-friendly aesthetic and integrated her work into Stay, his new thriller starring Watts and McGregor. Stranger than Paradise, Schneider's latest reminiscence of a Hollywood that may never have been, that may be more David Lynch and Last Picture Show than anything real, has been created and brought out in cooperation with Hollywood as we know it today, and is to be released in conjunction with the film.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.81" Width: 9.69" Height: 1.02" Weight: 3.26 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2006
Publisher Hatje Cantz Publishers
ISBN 377571751X ISBN13 9783775717519
Reviews - What do customers think about Stefanie Schneider: Stranger than Paradise?
An Eccentric but Effective Authenticity Jun 14, 2008
This collection of photos is a fascinating experiment--a series of pictures filmic in conception, unified by motifs of the American Southwest as experienced in old film noir about drifters, desert hotels, babes & vagabonds at large. Schneider, a German, absorbed this mileau in old American cinema and studiously arranged these images to appear off-hand, off-beat. Surreal use of expired film adds the element of chance, but also gives the project a gritty seal of authenticity--if these were real people they would have left such an apparently artless record of themselves. There is no script, and none is necessary--a primal tale with ordinary looking people with archetypical histories--they drink, make love in nameless hotels, stalk the desert under blinding sun, dance and carouse, and endlessly move on. The images say more the longer you look at them, calling out from what looks like a perpetual time warp, a liberating illusion of elemental vastness and endless time, with a touching, stark elemental quality that stops just short of banalty. Nothing beats the babes with the crazy wigs & toy squirt guns.
Simply Sublime Nov 12, 2007
I discovered Stefanie Schneider by accident at PhotoLA several years ago through a german distributor ([...]). Her work is so inspiring to me. Her palette of over exposed poloroids are breathtaking. Her imagery has a vintage feel. She is simply my favorite photographer living. The book is beyond magnificent.