Basel: Galerie Kämpf, 2004. First edition. Hardcover. 1/400, out of series. Quarto. 28pp., stiff unnumbered boards, including covers. Original photo-illustrated boards with black lettering on cover and spine. Published on the occasion of the exhibition "29 Palms, CA" from January 15 - February 14, 2004, at the Gallery Kämpf in Basel. Design and lithography by ArtnetworX GmbH, Hannover.
A collection of photographs taken in the "dazzling California sunshine or in not exactly comfortable rooms" depicting Radha and Max (not a man) seemingly exhausted, lost, empty or insecure; the emptiness of their gaze reminds us of the loneliness of people in the paintings of Degas, so Stefan Gronert in his text. He likens the Schneider motifs to B-Movies, showing people who don't want to succumb to the Hollywood dream. Memories of Cindy Sherman's "Untitled Film Stills" flair up, he writes, though Schneider's photos are soft, a picture language with pale, artificially garish color scales, tying into the stereotypes of Hollywood films. A Polaroid story turned into magnified C-prints giving us the impression of a story without a plot. Minor wear along edges of binding. Text in German and English. Protected in mylar. Fine condition. Item #48801