LOS HERMANAS TEATRO ART DECOAbout this photograph
German artist Bernhard Hartmann owes his recent success to his breathtaking representations of historic buildings that are highly symbolic and entirely dedicated to art and culture. The photographer, in his passion for classical music, once again demonstrates his artistic sensibility and multidisciplinarianism, a sensibility developed in his youth, during his fine arts studies at the famous Städel School in Frankfurt. On his travels, he also ponders the meaning and heritage value applied to old abandoned buildings, as in his series on Havana, taken between 2010 and 2014. Now closed to the public, the Art Deco style Teatro Central seems reduced to silence. Bernhard Hartmann is however still able to offer us a poetic testimony to it. He showcases the black-and-white portrait of the musical trio ?Las Hermanas Marquez?. Their melodies resonate in our minds and the image undeniably reveals the weight of the years.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?.