KEN SCHNEIDERMAN’S DYNAMIC LENS WORK offers psychologically revealing and honest glimpses into the lives of people from all walks of life.
ORIGINALLY FROM ATLANTA, GEORGIA, Ken studied anthropology at Georgia State University where his interest in photography burgeoned. After selling his first fine art print at Atlanta's Red Light Café gallery, he completed a degree in photography at the Art Institute of Atlanta. In the spring of 2000 he carried his Nikon FM2 and film for a 580 mile trek across northern Spain documenting the people along the medieval pilgramage route El Camino de Santiago, the ‘Way of Saint James’.
THE CAMINO PROJECT GAINED HIM ENTRY as a darkroom printer in the Manhattan studio of legendary portrait photographer Arnold Newman. Ken spent the next several years traveling the globe and working diligently for many world-class photographers while mastering his craft. A partial list of photographers he assisted include: Andrew Eccles, Mary Ellen Mark, Albert Watson, Rodney Smith, Frank Ockenfels, Brigitte Lacombe and Norman Jean Roy.
KEN ESTABLISHED HIS New York studio in 2008 and began shooting commissioned editorial and advertising photography assignments. That spring, the Entertainment Industry Foundation invited him to photograph a series of celebrities for Stand Up To Cancer’s first international ad campaign. Working alongside film director David Fincher and crew on location, Ken designed a roving studio allowing him to capture intimate portraits of personalities on various locations across the U.S. The campaign was seen in over 170 countries and successfully raised over $100 million dollars for cancer research.
KEN’S EDITORIAL PORTRAIT of the late great American fitness guru Jack Lalanne won recognition in American Photography 25. He has created personal bodies of work in Mexico, Vietnam and Iceland, as well as in his own stomping grounds, New York City. He is currently making a documentary on the offbeat sport of STRONG MAN. Three of his top creative heroes are photographer Irving Penn, cinematographer Roger Deakins and Southern folk painter Hubert Shuptrine.
TODAY WHEN NOT PHOTOGRAPHING bipedal primates and their earthly environs, Ken likes to fiddle around on his steel string guitar. Raised to treat 'nobodies like somebodies and somebodies like nobodies', Ken considers his dog Louie a 'somebody' and treats him accordingly. Often at large in the greater world, he currently makes his home in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Mai, and newborn daughter Seanna.