American narratives play out across the pages of Schude, a recent Roads Publishing release charting a decade of photographer Ryan Schude’s (b. 1979) practice. Theatrical tableaux relate the minutiae of suburban life, which fuses fairytale Gothic with a lurid, technicolour pop sensibility, in which moments appear frozen in time. Intimate stage-lit interiors vie for prominence with monumental scenes of the American outdoors, shrouded in mist or filtered through dusty streaks of light. These dioramas hark back to a golden age of advertising; their pervasive nostalgia is enriched by the humorous microelements and choreographed tension throughout. Schude’s work has featured in prominent publications such as Time and Esquire, and was awarded the prestigious Prix de la Photographie (2012) and the Gold Award from PX3 (2008). These images provide a glimpse into his irreverent vision, chronicled in full in the photographer’s inaugural monograph. www.ryanschude.com.
Roger Frei operates at the confluence of the public and private realm, capturing the functionalism of vivid, mass-manufactured structures.
Icons of American Life
The work of American photographer Lee Friedlander, is at Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, featuring pieces taken over the course of the past five decades.
Paul Strand, Fundación Mapfre, Madrid
The most comprehensive exhibition to explore the work of American artist Paul Strand (1890 – 1976) will be on display at Madrid’s Fundación Mapfre. Strand’s career spans six decades, from the 1910s to the 1960s, and the exhibit will take visitors through his life and work.