Paul Schröder's shift to photography from performance and making
sculptural props began late in 1988. Since 1980 he had constructed
elaborate hand-painted sets, costumes, masks, and props for performances
he would then organize and direct. His Denver area exhibitions during
that time consisted of displays of his props along with performances.
Desiring greater, and perhaps more subtle, control over the performances
Schröder began conducting photosessions with models using his
hand-crafted props, allowing the photographs to become the documents of
the performance. While Schröder's body of work has become increasingly
photographic, the theatrical origins are still the major informing force
in his work. Enactments & Portrayals 1989-1995 is a gathering of
twenty-one select works from this period.