ABOUT

EB works as a cell and molecular biologist in basic research in drug development. Photography was initially a scientific tool for him, but it gradually developed more and more 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) as well as online (including Spiegel-Online, The Guardian).

Eckart Bartnik lives in Wiesbaden, Germany.

In my work Self-portrait I explored the style of famous photographers. What does my portrait show? Me or the photographer whose style I tried to imitate?

Artist Statement

Much of what goes on unnoticed can be visually envisioned if one only looks closely. Microscopy brought me to photography. Similar to how cell structures give clues to underlying molecular mechanisms, attentive observation of our everyday surroundings points to underlying realities.

I am interested in landscapes and places charged with memories, ruptures, and myths, and in abstract nature studies that sense the creative power of nature. The increasing conflict between people and nature plays an increasingly important thematic role for me.

I do not pursue a factual, documentary approach in my photography, but strive for an emotional interpretation of what I see. As appropriate stylistic means I use powerful colors and dynamic forms. Existing or additional light serves me as a design tool to draw attention to essential elements of the image.

"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

Publications

2022

Contribution to "The Evidence Project" by Britta Jaschinsky and Keith Wilson - see link below

2022

1730Sat1live: Fotos aus dem Ahrtal auf den Wiesbadener Fototagen (August 24) - see link below

2022

Hessenschau: Wiesbadener Fototage zeigen Bildgewalt der Verwüstung (August 11) - see link below

2022

FAZ: "Zeugnisse einer Katastrophe" (Testimonies of a catastrophe) (July 14) - see link below

2022

Kwerfeldein: "Fotografisches Wachstum in Vielfalt" (April 19) PDF with english translation - see link below

2021

Artdoc Magazine: Special Inspiration Page: "FLOOD" (Oct. 18)

2021

LifeForceMagazine: "Flood Remains" (Autumn 2021 issue)

2019

FAZ: "Hütet euch vor der Anderswelt" (Beware of the otherworld) - "Alfar Rokk" (March 7) - see link below

2019

Aint-Bad: What We’ve Found: "Spirituality in Suburbia" (Sept. 2)

2018

Wings magazin: "Gummiglück" (Jan.-Feb.)

2017

The Guardian online: "Gumball-obsession - Balls of fun!" (Sept. 19) - see link below

2017

Spiegel online: "Kaugummiautomaten: Indikator für vernachlässigte Orte" (Sept. 21) - see link below

2017

GUP Magazine online: "Disenchantment" (Nov. 11)

2014

Lichtblick School, Cologne: Theatre of Real Life #6: "Verzahnung"

2013

FAZ: Ein konkurrenzloses Archiv des Lebens - Naturhistorische Sammlung des Museums Wiesbaden (Sept. 4)

2013

Lichtblick School, Cologne #5: "WesterWorld"

1982

Stern: Neuseeland

Awards - Achievements

2022

Portfolio Walk, Deutsche Fotografische Akademie: "Flood-Sculptures"

2022

Athens Photo Festival: "Flood-Sculptures" shortlisted

2022

Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia: "Flood-Sculptures" shortlisted

2021

Appointment to the German Photographic Society (DGPh)

2020

Finalist Portfolio Walk, Deutsche Fotografische Akademie: "Am Fluss"

2019

Minimalist Photography Award: Landscape Photographer of The Year, 1st place winner with "Elven Rocks"

2013

Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia: "WesterWorld" shortlisted

2012

Deutsche Fotografische Akademie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg: Portfolio-Walk; "WesterWorld"

1980

British Council: Photo Award 1st place

Group exhibitions

2022

The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, USA, online exhibition of "FLOOD".

2022

Wiesbadener Fototage "Turbulent Times": "Flut" - 13.08.-28.08.2022

2022

Helsinki Photo Festival "Believe": "Relicts" - 07.07-2.10.2022

2019

Galerie Ka:Ost, Frankfurt: Simple Nature: "Im Tal"

2018

Galerie Ka:Ost, Frankfurt: Luminale: "Who am I really?"

2018

Galerie Ka:Ost, Frankfurt: Leidenschaft: "Disenchantment"

2018

Fotografie Forum Frankfurt: FFF Academy: "Am Fluss"

2017

Wiesbadener Fototage "Insight": "Ambivalence - Topography of faith"

2015

Wiesbadener Fototage "Heimat X": "WesterWorld – Heimat aber wie?"

2014

Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia: "WesterWorld"

2011

Galerie Fotoristisch. Wiesbaden: "Iceland"

1988

Rockefeller University, New York: "City Views"

Solo exhibitions

2021

13.11.21-29.01.2022: Galerie Alles Mögliche, Berlin: "FLUT - Von der Gewalt der Gewässer"

2020

art@hub of Industrie- und Handelskammer (IHK), Darmstadt: "Divergenz"

2016

Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH, Frankfurt: "Research – face to face"

2014

Ortho-Zentrum, Karlsruhe: "Grenzflächen"

1982

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University, Bonn: Audiovisual: "Australia and New Zealand"

Collections

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt  -  Sanofi Aventis Deutschland GmbH, Frankfurt  -  Visiopharm, Horsholm, Denmark

Links

Zeugnisse_FAZ.jpg

July 14th, 2022
FAZ:
Zeugnisse einer Katastrophe

Anderswelt.jpg

March 7th, 2019
FAZ:
Hütet euch vor der Anderswelt