The world of the arts dominated Raoul Manuel Schnell’s life early on owing to his upbringing. Considering this background it was no surprise that he attended the College of Art and Design in Lugano, Switzerland where he found his calling when he set foot into a darkroom for the first time. Though he completed his studies in Interior Design his only goal from then on was to become a photographer.

Raoul Manuel Schnell specialized in still life and ran a studio with an extensive custom made lighting installation to perfectly effectuate the play of light and shadow in a picture. He has been shooting everything possible and impossible, the more challenging the better. Then, after more than 20 years spent in a black studio it was time for a fresh start.

In 2004 he moved to Canada and everything changed.

Instead of fully resuming his work in advertisement he began to focus on the artistic side in photography. After being used to work in color for so long, he now found beauty in black and white photography. He rediscovered his love for architecture and food and found a new one: people. But some things never change. His special attention has always been and still is directed to the light. Today though, he works without elaborate technique and uses natural light whenever possible.

But whatever is in front of his lens, Raoul Manuel Schnell always tries to turn a neutral object into his very own object and therefore into a personal picture. Be it people, architecture or food.