Artist/director Schnabel puts photographs on show

Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:04am EDT
 
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By Venetia Rainey

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - U.S. film maker and artist Julian Schnabel has ventured into the realm of photography in his latest exhibition, "Polaroids: Beyond Infinity and Grandview."

The London display of a few dozen photographs, personally chosen by Schnabel from his collection of several hundred, is being shown at the Colnaghi gallery in Old Bond Street.

"I didn't intend to show these pictures at all," said Schnabel. "I've just been working on collecting them over the past eight years. They're more satisfying to me than normal photographs, where you are so detached from the subject."

The collection centers around Schnabel's world -- many of the pictures are of the interior of his New York home, the extravagant Palazzo Chupi which he designed and decorated.

"I think it shows a painter's life," he added. "If one wanted to see what Julian made, or what paintings he would hang in a room, you could see. I'm not just photographing something I passed by. This building didn't exist until I built it."

There are celebrities on show, notably a portrait of singer Lou Reed with his eyes closed and several of actor Mickey Rourke, intimately captured in sepia tones.

Schnabel's family also features heavily, with numerous shots of the two sons from his latest marriage, Cy and Olmo.

One captures the naked torso of Olmo set off-center against a background of blood-red flowers, with a scar of white light flashing across the print, the result of a technical flaw.   Continued...