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ABOUT

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.

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?

Photography

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

Publications

2023

ARTDOC Photography Magazine #4/23 on "Shapes and colours" with "Ice sculptures"

2023

Talk "Scientific observation and photographic reflection" given for Förderverein Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie (April 18)

2023

Featured in article "Crisis? What crisis?" by Keith Wilson in Amateur Photographer UK (February 7)

2022

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

2022

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

2022

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

2022

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

2022

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

2021

ARTDOC Photography 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 in NEWS

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 in NEWS

2017

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

2017

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

2014

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

Awards - Achievements

2022

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

2022

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

2022

Athens Photo Festival: "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

2024

ARTDOC exhibition: "Creative photography": "CYTO-GALAXIES"

2023

Künstlerverein Walkmühle, Wiesbaden: "Die Kunst zu Schenken": "CYTO-GALAXIES and ICE SCULPTURES"

2022

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

2022

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

2022

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

2019

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

2018

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

2018

Fotografie Forum Frankfurt: FFF Academy: "Am Fluss"

2018

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

2017

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

2015

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

2014

Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia: "WesterWorld"

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

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