FIDEL CHE Y JOSE MARTIAbout 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. On his travels, he also ponders the meaning and heritage value applied to old abandoned buildings ? as in his series on Cuba taken between 2010 and 2014. The photograph ?Fidel, Che y Jose Marti? represents an interior, most likely that of a workshop situated in the heart of the old part of Havana. On the wall, three posters feature the effigies of the fathers of the Cuban revolution: Jose Marti (1853-1895), Che Guevara (1928-1967) and Fidel Castro (born in 1926). These leaders fostered cults of personality among the Cuban people, becoming household names.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?.