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.

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