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Bernhard Hartmann manages to captivate our gaze by dedicating an unusual photographic series to the fascinating city of New York. With a great flair for aesthetics and balance, he presents the most significant architecture, colours, and lights of the urban landscape to provide cinematic and highly contrasted points of view. In the heavy rain on a cold winter's night at dusk, this invitation to travel in the suburb of Manhattan evokes for him a poem from 1928 by American writer Robert Frost. (The atmosphere of the photograph is perfectly captured by this excerpt: "I have been one acquainted with the night. I have walked out in rain?and back in rain. I have out walked the furthest city light. I have looked down the saddest city lane. I have passed by the watchman on his beat And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain. I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet (...)"Read more Read less
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Born in Frankfurt in 1955, Bernhard Hartmann began his artistic career at the age of 18 as a press photographer for a German newspaper. Self-taught, he studied art and became a landscape photographer after discovering this medium with the aid of his parents? Polaroid. He creates dramatic and cinemascopic images that are often compared to the Romantic paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, but also to the dramatic natural scenes by English painter William Turner. He prefers to photograph places where the arts are practised and expressed and thus presents series on operas, theatres, or European manors. A lawyer in Munich, Bernard Hartmann now lives near Lake Starnberg in the Bavarian Alps. His works belong to numerous private collections and have been shown in the United States, Spain, Italy, and Germany. He was elected ?Photographer of the Year? by a Swiss magazine and won the ?American Black-and-White Photo Awards? as well as the ?Panoramic Epson Award?.