Charlie Schreiner received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. Since 1972, he has designed office furniture for Herman Miller, Knoll, Haworth, and others in the contract furniture industry. He lives and works along the shores of Lake Michigan. Photography has always been an important tool in his business, and he also uses photography as an artistic medium, in which he now has begun to work more exclusively. He works in both color photography and alternative processes, particularly the daguerreotype.
While he has taken many different subjects, including still lifes, landscapes and portraits, his nude daguerreotypes and color photographs are perhaps his most significant and individualist work to date.Astonishingly creative for such a difficult medium as daguerreotypes, these striking and erotic nudes are startlingly contemporary, while offering homage to 19th-century images. His daguerreotype of a stretched-out nude odalisque that is lit by the light of a television set is just one example of this juxtaposition of centuries and sensibilities.
Schreiner's daguerreotypes have been exhibited at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY; Ohio State University; the Tri-Cities Museum in Grand Haven, MI; the New England School of Photography in Boston; the Oakland Museum; the North Light Gallery, University of Arizona; A Photographers Place, New York City; the Atlanta History Center; the Henry Ford Museum; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Grand Valley State University; Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA; 2004 International Fine Art Photography Exhibit, Ft. Collins, CO; Soho Photo, New York City, Best of Photography 2004.
Schreiner also received an honorable mention in the 2004 Lucie International Photography Awards.