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BERNHARD HARTMANN

LA GUARIDA III

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The German artist Bernhard Hartmann owes his success to his dazzling representations of historical buildings, highly symbolic and entirely dedicated to art and culture. He also examines, over the course of his travels, the meaning and value as heritage of old, abandoned buildings, as he does in his 2014 Havana series. La Guarida, shown in this photograph, is the city's most famous paladar (private restaurant). A veritable shrine for lovers of Cuban cinema, it was the setting for the film Fresa y Chocolate, directed by Tom?s Guti?rrez Alea, which was nominated for an Oscar in 1994. The original decor has been preserved and the marble staircase still stands majestically at the centre of the building. Bernhard Hartmann's camera renders it eternal, magnifying dust, cracks and aging decorations through his use of extremely wide angles.

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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?.  ... See more See less

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I love what is beautiful. The serenity of a beautiful garden and the grave of an architectural monument must provoke the same emotion for the viewer. They must be enchanted through their emotions.

BERNHARD HARTMANN

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