Five Questions: Betsy Schneider

Five Questions - Betsy Schneider

Betsy Schneider is a photographer and filmmaker who explores and documents transformations of individuals and families over time and place. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is featured in collections at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, and the Museet for Fotokunst in Denmark. In her most recent work, she photographed and filmed thirteen-year-olds across North America on a Guggenheim Fellowship. This work entitled "To Be Thirteen" will be a major exhibition originating at the Phoenix Art Museum in May of 2018 and it will be accompanied by a book and a feature length film "Triskaidekaphobia".

I met Betsy when she was a guest speaker in a photography course I took at MassArt taught by Rania Matar. I was immediately drawn to Betsy's openness and her ability to discuss the multiple layers of her approach to her work and ideas, and found her photography expressive, touching, and memorable.

Betsy invited me to her home studio near Boston where we talked about parenting through divorce, the meditative state of driving cross-country, failure's impact on her approach to life, and what it means to age. And, yep, she answered Five Questions. Meet Betsy.