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

2022

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

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: "Disenchantment" (Nov. 11)

2017

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

2017

The Guardian online: "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)

Awards - Achievements

2022

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

2022

Athens Photo Festival: "Flood-Sculptures" shortlisted

2022

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

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

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

2022

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

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"

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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