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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Roland E. Schneider

Other: Dr. Roland E. Schneider 
Dates:  1884 - 1934
Born:  US, CA, San Diego

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Approved biography for Roland E. Schneider
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

Dr. Roland E. Schneider was born in 1884 in San Diego. He obtained a law degree in Zurich, Switzerland, and returned to San Diego in 1919. Photography interested him as early as 1909. From 1922 until his death in 1934, he worked closely with fellow pictorialist Florence B. Kemmler, sharing equipment and photographing out in the field with her.
Schneider exhibited internationally for nearly a decade, beginning around 1927. In this country, his photographs were hung at salons in Buffalo, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, Rochester, and San Francisco. European exhibitions that accepted his work included Barcelona, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague, and Stockholm. The American Annual of Photography listed him in its "Who’s Who in Pictorial Photography" during the late 1920s and early 1930s, indicating that his most successful season was 1930-31, when eighty-five of his prints were presented in nearly thirty salons.
Schneider made particularly soft images, often rendered with very few tonalities, including heavy dark areas that were somewhat unusual for pictorialists. In 1930, England’s Photograms of the Year reproduced an image of his, which featured his characteristic long, dark shadows. Schneider died in 1934, only fifty years old. 
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
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