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?
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
Contribution to "The Evidence Project" by Britta Jaschinsky and Keith Wilson - see link below
1730Sat1live: Fotos aus dem Ahrtal auf den Wiesbadener Fototagen (August 24) - see link below
Hessenschau: Wiesbadener Fototage zeigen Bildgewalt der Verwüstung (August 11) - see link below
FAZ: "Zeugnisse einer Katastrophe" (Testimonies of a catastrophe) (July 14) - see link below
Kwerfeldein: "Fotografisches Wachstum in Vielfalt" (April 19) PDF with english translation - see link below
Artdoc 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 below
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 below
Spiegel online: "Kaugummiautomaten: Indikator für vernachlässigte Orte" (Sept. 21) - see link below
GUP Magazine online: "Disenchantment" (Nov. 11)
Lichtblick School, Cologne: Theatre of Real Life #6: "Verzahnung"
FAZ: Ein konkurrenzloses Archiv des Lebens - Naturhistorische Sammlung des Museums Wiesbaden (Sept. 4)
Lichtblick School, Cologne #5: "WesterWorld"
Awards - Achievements
Portfolio Walk, Deutsche Fotografische Akademie: "Flood-Sculptures"
Athens Photo Festival: "Flood-Sculptures" shortlisted
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival, Georgia: "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".
Wiesbadener Fototage "Turbulent Times": "Flut" - 13.08.-28.08.2022
Helsinki Photo Festival "Believe": "Relicts" - 07.07-2.10.2022
Galerie Ka:Ost, Frankfurt: Simple Nature: "Im Tal"
Galerie Ka:Ost, Frankfurt: Luminale: "Who am I really?"
Galerie Ka:Ost, Frankfurt: Leidenschaft: "Disenchantment"
Fotografie Forum Frankfurt: FFF Academy: "Am Fluss"
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
July 14th, 2022
Zeugnisse einer Katastrophe
March 7th, 2019
Hütet euch vor der Anderswelt