Bernhard Hartmann

Bernhard Hartmann wurde 1955 in Frankfurt geboren und begann im Alter von 18 Jahren als Fotograf für eine große deutsche Zeitung zu arbeiten. Nach Abschluss seines Kunststudiums als Autodidakt wandte er sich der Landschaftsfotografie zu. Er schafft dramatische und bewegende Bilder, die häufig mit den romantischen Kunstwerken Caspar David Friedrichs verglichen werden. Besonders gerne fotografiert Bernhard Hartmann Orte, an denen Kunst betrieben und zum Ausdruck gebracht wird. So schuf er Fotoserien von Opernhäusern, Theatern oder aber Landhäusern in Europa. Nun besucht er Orte klassischer Schönheit in Architektur und Natur. 

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, Bernhard 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".