The re-creation of The Picayune Creole Cook Book was a perfect assignment for artist Wendi Schneider, blending her love of books, food, photography, antiques, history, art direction, editing and production with an eye for detail.
Raised in Memphis and surrounded by artists and cooks, Wendi was drawn to antiques shops as a child, doodled through school and read cookbooks, when not out enjoying the Memphis sound.
She developed a passion for New Orleans as a young child on a balcony at the Royal Orleans, enamored with the history, beauty, cuisine and sensuality of the city. She studied history at Stephen's in Columbia, MO and graduated in fine arts and art history from Newcomb College of Tulane.
After working the Royal Sonesta Hotel in the French Quarter, she crossed the street to work for visionary Archie Casbarian and his family at the stunningly restored Arnaud's restaurant. She began photographing in New Orleans in the mid 1980s, while working as a designer and copywriter for The Times-Picayune. While there, she produced the award-winning re-creation of The Picayune's Creole Cook Book - the classic 1901 collection of Creole recipes passed down by generations of Creole cooks.
Soon after, she moved to New York to pursue her career in photography. She has been commissioned to photograph many book covers, editorial and advertising assignments, portraits, annual reports. She photographed and styled for Hearst's Victoria Magazine, The Berkley Group, Penguin Putnam, Random House, Bantam, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin's Press, Little Brown, Sony Records, Young & Rubicam, Florida Atlantic University and others, including fine art and portrait commissions.
Wendi's photographs have been exhibited internationally and are included in private collections around the world. Her work can be viewed at by appointment at the artist's studio in Denver, CO, where she is making fine art, editorial and commercial photographs.
You can see more of her work at www.wendischneider.com.