Bernhard Hartmann

Teatro la Fenice Venezia

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German artist Bernhard Hartmann owes his success to his breathtaking representations of historical buildings, highly symbolic and entirely dedicated to art and culture. Most notably, he has photographed La Fenice in Venice, which is an architectural masterpiece and a key musical setting as well as an Italian opera house of international renown. The photographer, in his passion for classical music, shows once again his artistic sensibility and multidisciplinarianism, a sensibility developed in his youth, during his fine arts studies at the famous ?Städel School? in Frankfurt.The spatial depth and the many empty seats reinforce the solemnity and silence that reigns in the theatre outside of performance times. Yet the artist suggests the resonance of past events in a ghostly manner: ?the echo of the thunderous applause of spectators reacting to the passion of opera, to the ardour of the orchestra as well as to the human tragedies and to their triumphs can still be heard.?

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The Artist
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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