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BERNHARD HARTMANN

THE WANDERER S JOURNEY IV

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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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Bernhard Hartmann manages to captivate our gaze through his unusual panoramas, taken while wandering in the Alps. The series “The Wanderer’s Journey” that this photograph comes from pays tribute to the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich and to one of his most famous paintings entitled Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer, from 1818, and translated in English as “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog”. As in the photograph taken in 2017, in the foreground, a man stands on a rock, with his back to the viewer. He wears a dark green frock coat and holds a walking stick in his right hand. His hair wisps in the wind. He contemplates a misty landscape before him. With a great sense of balance and perfect mastery of light and colour, Bernhard Hartmann succeeds in reproducing the mystical atmosphere of the Romantic scene that represents self-reflection, in the Kantian sense.

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24 October 2017

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