LA GUARIDA IIAbout 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. He also questions himself, on his travels, about the meaning and heritage value applied to old abandoned buildings such as his series on Havana, taken between 2010 and 2014. La Guarida represented on this photograph is the most famous paladar (private restaurant) in the city. A true site of pilgrimage for lovers of Cuban cinema, it was the shooting location of the film Fresa y Chocolate by director Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, which was nominated for an Oscar in 1994. The ancestral decor was preserved, and even today, the marble staircase still stands majestically in the centre of the building. Bernhard Hartmann pays it an eternal tribute through his lens, magnifying the dust, cracks, and aging decorations through his very wide-angle shots.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?.