EB works as a cell and molecular biologist in basic research for drug development. For him, photography was initially a scientific tool, which gradually developed into an essential means of artistic expression for him.
Numerous workshops with renowned photographers shaped his visual language.
Since the 1980s, his work has been shown internationally in group and solo exhibitions and published in daily newspapers such as the FAZ, magazines and trade journals (e.g. Stern, Wings) and online (including Spiegel-Online, The Guardian).
Eckart Bartnik lives in Wiesbaden, Germany.
The photographer and scientist Eckart Bartnik, born 1957 in Bonn, lives in Wiesbaden and worked in biological research. For almost five decades, analog and digital photography are his means of artistic expression.
Numerous workshops with renowned photographers such as Bruce Barnbaum, Wolfgang Zurborn, Markus Schaden, Thekla Ehling, Olaf Otto Becker, Ann Mandelbaum, Göran Gnaudschun and Torben Eskerod influenced his visual language.
Since the 1980s, his work is shown internationally in group and solo exhibitions and published in daily newspapers, magazines, trade journals and online.
Eckart Bartnik heads for the abstraction of nature. He exploits the resulting insights for his artistic work to reflect on the conflicting relationship between humans and nature.
As a scientist, he grasped his research subjects with a rational mind – as a photographer, he does it subjectively aiming for a deeper understanding of nature. He immerses himself in landscapes, and photographs people and objects in dialogue with their surroundings. He explores the friction between harmonious and repulsive views and is fascinated by the moods and myths and the cultural heritage associated with a landscape, an object, or a place.
"To pay attention is to live, and to live is to pay attention; and, bear in mind most of all, that your spiritual nature is but a higher faculty of seeing and listening- -a finer, nobler way of paying attention."
Louis Sullivan, architect, cited by Stephen Shote in Modern Instances
ARTDOC Photography Magazine #4/23 on "Shapes and colours" with "Ice sculptures"
Talk "Scientific observation and photographic reflection" given for Förderverein Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie (April 18)
Featured in article "Crisis? What crisis?" by Keith Wilson in Amateur Photographer UK (February 7)
Contribution to "The Evidence Project" by Britta Jaschinsky and Keith Wilson - see link in NEWS
1730Sat1live: Fotos aus dem Ahrtal auf den Wiesbadener Fototagen (August 24) - see link in NEWS
Hessenschau: Wiesbadener Fototage zeigen Bildgewalt der Verwüstung (August 11) - see link in NEWS
FAZ: "Zeugnisse einer Katastrophe" (Testimonies of a catastrophe) (July 14) - see link in NEWS
Kwerfeldein: "Fotografisches Wachstum in Vielfalt" (April 19) PDF with english translation - see link in NEWS
ARTDOC Photography Magazine: Special Inspiration Page: "FLOOD" (Oct. 18)
LifeForceMagazine: "Flood Remains" (Autumn 2021 issue)
FAZ: "Hütet euch vor der Anderswelt" (Beware of the otherworld) - "Alfar Rokk" (March 7) - see link in NEWS
Aint-Bad: What We’ve Found: "Spirituality in Suburbia" (Sept. 2)
Wings magazin: "Gummiglück" (Jan.-Feb.)
The Guardian online: "Gumball-obsession - Balls of fun!" (Sept. 19) - see link in NEWS
Spiegel online: "Kaugummiautomaten: Indikator für vernachlässigte Orte" (Sept. 21) - see link in NEWS
GUP Magazine online: "Disenchantment" (Nov. 11)
Lichtblick School, Cologne: Theatre of Real Life #6: "Verzahnung"
Awards - Achievements
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia: "Flood-Sculptures" shortlisted
Portfolio Walk, Deutsche Fotografische Akademie: "Flood-Sculptures"
Athens Photo Festival: "Flood-Sculptures" shortlisted
Appointment to the German Photographic Society (DGPh)
Finalist Portfolio Walk, Deutsche Fotografische Akademie: "Am Fluss"
Minimalist Photography Award: Landscape Photographer of The Year, 1st place winner with "Elven Rocks"
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia: "WesterWorld" shortlisted
Deutsche Fotografische Akademie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg: Portfolio-Walk; "WesterWorld"
British Council: Photo Award 1st place
The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, USA, online exhibition of "FLOOD".
Helsinki Photo Festival "Believe": "Relicts" - 07.07-2.10.2022
Wiesbadener Fototage "Turbulent Times": "Flut" - 13.08.-28.08.2022
Galerie Ka:Ost, Frankfurt: Simple Nature: "Im Tal"
Galerie Ka:Ost, Frankfurt: Luminale: "Who am I really?"
Fotografie Forum Frankfurt: FFF Academy: "Am Fluss"
Galerie Ka:Ost, Frankfurt: Leidenschaft: "Disenchantment"
Wiesbadener Fototage "Insight": "Ambivalence - Topography of faith"
Wiesbadener Fototage "Heimat X": "WesterWorld – Heimat aber wie?"
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia: "WesterWorld"
Galerie Fotoristisch. Wiesbaden: "Iceland"
Rockefeller University, New York: "City Views"
13.11.21-29.01.2022: Galerie Alles Mögliche, Berlin: "FLUT - Von der Gewalt der Gewässer"
art@hub of Industrie- und Handelskammer (IHK), Darmstadt: "Divergenz"
Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH, Frankfurt: "Research – face to face"
Ortho-Zentrum, Karlsruhe: "Grenzflächen"
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, Bonn: Audiovisual: "Australia and New Zealand"
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt - Sanofi Aventis Deutschland GmbH, Frankfurt - Visiopharm, Horsholm, Denmark