The most impressive pictures are the probing self-portraits and the images of family and friends, including Mickey Rourke, Christopher Walken and Lou Reed, who allowed themselves to be snapped at intimate moments. Many of the photographs are in black-and-white or sepia, creating a nostalgic, almost romantic atmosphere, recalling the films he has directed, including Basquiat and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
" Traditionally, photography is supposed to capture an event that has passed; but that is not what I'm looking for. Photography brings the past into the present when you look at it ...."
Julian Schnabel, Untitled (Stella), 2007
All images, courtesy of The Hague Museum of Photography
Julian Schnabel " Polaroids " is currently on view until March 27, 2011