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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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German artist Bernhard Hartmann owes his recent success to his breathtaking representations of historical buildings that are highly symbolic and entirely dedicated to art and culture. The photographer, in his passion for classical music, once again demonstrates his artistic sensibility and multidisciplinarianism, a sensibility developed in his youth, during his fine arts studies at the famous Städel School in Frankfurt. On this image shot in 2016, both the depth of field and the empty seats reinforce the solemnity and silence reigning in the renowned La Fenice opera house outside of performance times. Following the fire that ravaged the San Benedetto theatre, architect Gian Antonio Selva was commissioned by Venice City Hall in 1773 to build La Fenice, in a neo-classical style. It comprises a majestic auditorium with five stacked floors of stalls, featuring delicate gilded ornamentation. Inaugurated in 1792, it was destroyed twice by fire in 1836 and 1996. Along with the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the San-Carlo in Naples, it is one of the most prestigious temples of Italian opera.

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