Bernhard Hartmann

OPÉRA DES MARGRAVES

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Bernhard Hartmann has photographed theatres and operas for several years in various regions of Germany. He provides a novel view by photographing an auditorium empty of spectators from the stage. In Bayreuth, in Franconia, Hartmann could not fail to integrate the Margrave Opera House into his series. Built between 1744 and 1748 by Joseph Saint-Pierre, the building was commissioned by Margravine Wilhelmine, the sister of King Frederick II of Prussia. It was modelled on Italian style theatres, the audience sitting facing the stage and decor, the interior entirely constructed in wood is the work of Giuseppe Bibiena. The Margrave Opera House is one of the most beautiful rococo style opera houses in the world. Attracted by this venue, Wagner settled in Bayreuth in 1872.

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Bernhard Hartmann

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?.

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