Betsy Schneider, Natural History, 2003, Chromogenic Print Betsy Schneider, Baracuda, 2007, Chromogenic Print Betsy Schneider, Knight Rise, 2010, Chromogenic Print Betsy Schneider, Dinosaurs, 2006, Chromogenic Print Betsy Schneider, Viktor Lollipop Working Up, 2004, Chromogenic Print  

Betsy Schneider

Schneider received a BA in English Literature from the University of Michigan. She received a second undergraduate degree, a BFA, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, this time focusing on photography. Schneider spent a year and a half assisting photographer Sally Mann in Lexington, Virginia before moving to Northern California where she received her MFA from Mills College, in Oakland. Schneider spent several years living in London, where she started a family, before moving to Norway, where her then husband was born and raised. In 2002 she joined the School of Art faculty at Arizona State University where she is currently an Associate Professor. Schneider’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is part of many notable public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, and the Museet for Fotokunst in Odense, Denmark. In 2011 she was named a Guggenheim Fellow.

For nearly thirty years, Schneider has been on a quest to photograph the most important people in her life; her children, family, friends and mentors. Revisiting these relationships over time to capture, preserve, protect and proclaim what it is that we hold sacred. Her photographic practice could be described as ritualistic and fiercely devoted. Projects are often long-term endeavors, daily photographs accumulate over months and years, resulting in hundreds of images.