85cf4dbc-1b06-11e7-8c86-9cdcc894c82a Stefanie Schneider, Rodeo Grounds (Till Death do us Part) Digital C-Print based on a Polaroid - edition 1/10 - signature label and certificate - 2010

Born in Germany in 1968, photographer Schneider divides her time between Berlin and Los Angeles. Her process begins in the American West, in locations such as the planes and deserts of Southern California, where she photographs her subjects. In Berlin, Schneider develops and enlarges her works.

1f395e14-24d2-11e7-9193-f86ac5861656 Stefanie Schneider, 'Ryan Gosling I (Stay) Digital C-Print based on a SX-70 Polaroid - edition 1/10 - signature label and certificate - 2006

3d9a7f18-28ed-11e7-8a5f-85b34aecf92b Stefanie Schneider, Bring Ya to the Brink (Cyndi Lauper) Digital C-Print based on instantfilm - edition 5/5 - signature label and certificate - 2009

What is most striking about Schneider's images is the colour which evokes the appearance of expired Polaroid film. Her role in preserving the use of Polaroid is one aspect of her work that has gained great respect from her contemporaries and the critics, as her work came about during a time when the Polaroid, a symbol of American photography, was on the road to extinction.

bed39ef4-1b35-11e7-90ba-c54c565a1100 Stefanie Schneider, Radha doing her Nails (29 Palms, CA) Digital C-Print based on a Polaroid - sold out Edition of 5 - Artist Proof 1/2 - signature label and certificate - 1999

cd76c454-201c-11e7-9659-dfc57c105ee0 Stefanie Schneider (1968-) - 'Untitled' (Oilfields) Analog C-Print, hand-printed by the artist based on a Polaroid - edition 3/10 - signature label and certificate - 2004

711818dc-237a-11e7-8f04-cc1e1f38792c Stefanie Schneider, Daisy and Austen in front of Trailer (Till Death do Us Part) Digital C-Print based on a SX-70 Polaroid - edition 10/10 - signature label and certificate - 2005

This theme of preservation and deterioration is a core part of Schneider's oeuvre. In an interview in October 2014 with Artnet, the artist explained how her own experiences of pain and loss inspire her. ''My work resembles my life: Love, lost and unrequited, leaves its mark in our lives as a senseless pain that has no place in the present.''

e047b7b4-231e-11e7-8c74-0f81655421dd Stefanie Schneider, Haley (Haley and the Birds) Digital C-Print based on a Polaroid - sold out Edition of 5, Artist Proof 1/2 - signature label and certificate - 2013

''The ex-lover experiences the residues of love as an amputee experiences the sensation of a ghost limb.'' - Stefanie Schneider

Schneider's subjects are often featured in apocalyptic settings: desert planes, trailer parks, oilfields, run-down motels and empty beaches, alone, or if not, not connected with one another. ''It is the tangible experience of ''absence'' that has inspired my work,'' explained Scheider.

723514e2-1509-11e7-96a8-b0e097c87055 Stefanie Schneider, Untitled 01 (Saigon) Digital C-Print based on a Polaroid - edition of 5/5 - signature label and certificate - 1999

90db8f7a-1b08-11e7-9873-f1a29889e738 Stefanie Schneider, Untitled (Beachshoot) Analog C-Print, hand-printed by the artist based on a Polaroid - edition 3/10 - signature label and certificate - 2005

This sense of absence runs deep through Schneider's work, the fact she even uses expired film means there is a sense of the unknown as she will not know if her subjects have been captured until she is in the dark room. Long before Valencia, Mayfair and Amaro, or any other Instagram filters, Schneider was creating this otherworldliness the image sharing network tries to create.

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