BERNHARD HARTMANN

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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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While the subjects of his photographs are usually theatres and operas captured in various regions of Germany, in this photograph Bernhard Hartmann manages to get away from munificent interiors devoid of spectators to reveal a world of open skies to us. This melancholic image once again stems from his frenetic, quasi-obsessional and poetic search, as he immortalises abandoned sites along the way. In this old tepidarium dating from Ancient Rome, nature gradually reclaims its stake, overrunning spaces that seem to have been forgotten by civilisation. It braves the passage of time, welcoming silence, after the memories left by humankind have dissipated. Strolling around in this deserted place that once served as a clinic and spa in Roman thermal baths, now we hear no more than the swish of the wind through a half-opened door or the sound of a water droplet pearling from a ravaged ceiling.

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10 August 2018

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