Born France, 1963, Antoine Schneck is not a painter. He is a photographer, but ultimately it was painting that made him the photographer he is today. Studying portraiture has taught him to lighten a gaze and bring a portrait to life. This dimension of the work that follows a shoot is essential to his practice: He crafts, illuminates, intervenes, and by doing so act as a free man and feels more like a painter in relation to his subjects than like someone constrained by the limitations of technique. His themes are clearly inherited from painting and its time-honoured traditions. He shoots portraits, as well as still lifes, genres embedded in the history of painting.
Schneck studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière, and Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris, Paris, France. His solo exhibitions in Paris, France, include Soldats inconnus, Arc de triomphe; Figures and Du Burkina Faso à l’Ethiopie, Berthet-Aittouares Gallery; leur Chiens, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature and Hermès House, Shanghai, China. Schneck’s work has been widely published, and is held in collections including Société Générale, Ferrari, Raja, Centre des Monuments Nationaux and Musée de la Marine.
Featured image: Antoine Schneck, Aïs Suandé, 2012, Pigment Print, Edition of 8, 80 x 107cm (31.5 x 42.1in.)