Photographs by Gary Schneider

Availability: Limited quantities

8 x 10 inches 120 pages, 56 four-color Hardcover with slipcase and print.
Edition of 25 and 5 Artist's Proofs Pigment Print Maya at five months, 1998 Image Size: 5 x 6 3/4 inches Paper Size: 5 1/4 x 7 inches Signed and numbered by the artist

“I have made handprint-portraits since 1993, I consider them to be as expressive as any portrait of a face, more private, and possibly more revealing.” — Gary Schneider

HandBook is a print-on-demand artist's book. It is the culmination of seventeen years of Schneider’s commitment to making portraits of hands without the use of a camera. In this form, HandBook traces a unique thread that connects the literal hand of the subject and that of the artist to a book object produced via the apex of contemporary digital printing technologies. For Schneider—who in a former incarnation was known as a master of chemical darkroom printing—this adaptation of digital printing technologies earmarks a profound and telling shift in the contemporary arts and publishing arenas. This special limited-edition artist book is the culmination of one of the first collaborations between Aperture, a photographer (Schneider), and a print-on-demand press (Blurb). 

HandBook is limited to twenty-five signed and numbered copies, accompanied by a signed and numbered print, presented in a slipcase.

Gary Schneider (born in East London, South Africa, 1954) was the subject of a major exhibition that opened at Harvard University’s Fogg Museum in February 2004, and incorporates his previously acclaimed solo exhibition, Genetic Self-Portrait, an artistic response to the Human Genome Project. He has shown extensively worldwide, including at the Museé d’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland; Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois. He is represented by Stephen Daiter, Chicago; and Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston. HandBook received a Photo Book Award Kassel 2009/2010.


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