BIOGRAFIE

The photographer and natural scientist Eckart Bartnik, born in Bonn in 1957, lives in Wiesbaden and works in basic research. For almost five decades, analog and digital photography has been his means of artistic expression.

 

Numerous workshops with renowned photographers such as Wolfgang Zurborn, Markus Schaden, Thekla Ehling, Olaf Otto Becker, Ann Mandelbaum and Göran Gnaudschun have 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).

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

I am moved by the questions: What insights do abstractions of views of nature give me? How does the conflicting human-nature relationship influence our environment?

 

As a natural scientist, I capture my research subjects with a rational mind - with a camera in my hand, I experience the freedom to capture my environment subjectively and emotionally. The search for a deeper understanding of the world drives me.

 

To do this, I photographically immerse myself in landscapes and photograph people in dialogue with their surroundings. I explore the friction between harmonious and repulsive views. And I am fascinated by which moods and myths, which cultural heritage relate to a landscape, an object or a place.

 

Photography for me means to utilize all the possibilities of image creation. Brightening light helps me to emphasize essentials in the picture and digital image processing gives me the freedom to visually implement my perceptions.

Photographs open doors into the past but they also allow a look into the future.

Sally Mann

Publications

2021

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

2021

LifeForceMagazine: Flood Remains (Autumn 2021 issue)

2019

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

2019

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

2018

Wings magazin: Gummiglück (Jan.-Feb.)

2017

GUP Magazine online: Portfolio Disenchantment (Nov. 11)

2017

Spiegel online: Kaugummiautomaten: Indikator für vernachlässigte Orte (Sept. 21)

2017

The Guardian - Gumball-obsession Balls of fun! (Sept. 19)

2014

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

2013

Lichtblick School, Cologne #5  WesterWorld

2013

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

1982

Stern: Neuseeland

Awards - Achievements

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

2019

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

2018

Fotografie Forum Frankfurt: FFF Academy: Am Fluss

2018

Galerie Ka:Ost, Frankfurt: Leidenschaft: Disenchantment

2018

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

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

2013

Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia: Shortlist

2014

Ortho-Zentrum, Karlsruhe: Grenzflächen

1982

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

Collections

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