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Polaroids by Julian Schnabel: An Exhibition Dedicated to the Versatile Artist and Photographer in Milan

Julian Schnabel is best known for his paintings and films, with a handmade Polaroid camera, he has made stunning experimental photographs.

He is an American artist and filmmaker. He participated at the Venice Biennale in 1980, and by the mid-1980s became a major figure in the Neo-expressionism movement. An important body of work over the subsequent years include paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs.

Julian Schnabel’s handmade Polaroid camera photograph (Photo Source)

“The pictures have such physicality: their surface is like fine leather, stained from chemicals. Each one has a body and is more than an image.” – Julian Schnabel.

From September 23 to November 20, 2011 at Fondazione FORMA in Milan, will inaugurate the exhibition, Polaroids by Julian Schnabel.

For many years Julian Schnabel has shot large-format Polaroids using an old panoramic 20×24in camera which is as large as a fridge. His photographs including both vibrant colour images and black and whites, show his family, friends, workspace, and painting that gives us access to his private life and working environment. Schnabel has intervened in some of his shoots with paint and his work also includes portraits of famous friends like Lou Reed, Placido Domingo, and Mickey Rourke.

Speaking of Milan exhibitions, why not showcase your own beautiful photographs – of Milan, through our upcoming Milan City Guide! Check out our Milan Locations callout and start contributing!

written by andredimu


  1. explorette


    thats a great picture of Micky Rourke !

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  2. explorette


    thats a great picture of Micky Rourke !

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  3. johan34370


    great pics :)

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