Analog Culture Printer's Proofs from the Schneider/Erdman Photography Lab, 1981–2001 Jennifer Quick, Gary Schneider, Robert G. Erdmann, Lorna Simpson, Deborah Bell, James Casebere, Robert Gober, John Schnabel

Publication date:
12 Jun 2018
Harvard Art Museums
180 pages: 279 x 216mm
85 color + b-w illus.

Providing an expansive and revelatory look at the collaborative artistic relationship between photographers and printers, this book focuses on the work and practice of Schneider/Erdman, Inc., a Manhattan-based printing business owned by Gary Schneider and John Erdman from 1981 to 2001. Well-known within the booming New York photography scene, Schneider and Erdman printed works by artists such as Richard Avedon, Matthew Barney, and Nan Goldin. In addition to a thorough overview of Schneider and Erdman’s technical mastery of printing methods and materials, Analog Culture also sheds light on the importance of the close personal relationship between photographers and printers within the art-making process. The striking works reproduced in the volume are enhanced by exclusive interviews with Schneider, Erdman, and their collaborators, offering an unparalleled behind-the-scenes view of New York’s photographic culture in the late 20th century. 

Jennifer Quick is the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Associate Research Curator in Photography at the Harvard Art Museums.