Wendi Schneider’s sensual photographs are often recognized for their detail, graceful composition and delicate balance between the real and the imagined. Her images are inspired by the sinuous lines of the natural world, a background in painting and art history and the lush beauty of her southern heritage. She is best known for her gilded vellum photographs of Figura, Flora and Fauna, as well as her hand-painted photographs, Polaroid transfers, and nearly 100 book cover photographs. A major contributor to the original Victoria magazine, she also designed, photographed and produced the recreation of the 1901 Picayune’s Creole Cook Book for The Times-Picayune newspaper.
Born in 1955 and raised in Memphis, Wendi studied at Stephens in Missouri and Newcomb/Tulane in New Orleans. She began making photographs in 1982 as reference for her figurative oil paintings. Enamored with photography, but missing the sensuality of paint, her early work consisted of hand-painted black and white and sepia photographs enhanced with delicate layers of transparent oil paint to create a heightened reality. She moved to New York in 1988 to pursue a career in photography where commissions included fine art, book cover, editorial and advertising photographs. In addition to freelancing for Hearst Magazines, she photographed for the major book publishers, including Bantam, Random House, Simon & Schuster, and St. Martin’s Press. She moved to Denver in 1994, continuing to photograph for her editorial clients and spent several years designing for the web, primarily for the luxurious Pura Vida Fitness & Spa, for whom she also provided art direction, web and print design and photography. She now devotes her time to her fine artwork.
Her photographs have been featured in Diffusion, Adore Chroma, Silvershotz, B&W Magazine, and others, and have been honored by several prestigious photography awards, including the International Photography Awards, the International Color Awards, the Julia Margaret Cameron Fine Art Awards, the Pollux Awards, the Neutral Density Awards, and the PX3 Prix de la Paris Photographie.
Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally and is represented by A Gallery For Fine Photography in New Orleans. Her work can also be viewed by appointment at her studio in Denver.