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At dawn and dusk, enchanting forests, deep ravines, and imposing rockscapes are bathed in an atmospheric glow. The sun continually reshapes the outstretched valleys, meadows, and fields below. Photographer Berthold Steinhilber devotes himself to these breathtaking scenes and inspirational locations, revealing previously unknown sides of Germany and the Netherlands in his series, “Landscapes”.
Steinhilber’s compositions bring lofty heights and endless expanses together. While we are seduced by the rich greens of the slopes around the Seealpsee lake, the water of the Lech gorge glimmers an alluring azure blue.. It is not difficult to identify colour as Steinhilber’s enduring passion. He seeks to capture scenes just as nature intended, using his ALPA camera to present images that are both authentic and imaginative. To ensure these impressive results, he travels to his locations a number of times – at different times of the day and under different weather conditions – until he finds the perfect lighting and, of course, the ideal vantage point. Exciting perspectives make each photograph full of surprises, and the viewer feels almost weightless.
The photographer displays a virtuosic talent for composition. Intricate viaducts forge tracks through the spectacular rocky massifs of Saxon Switzerland. The morning mist glistens on the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, slowly revealing a breathtaking panorama.
Steinhilber combines traditional subjects with a modern, evocative style. The poetic images from “Landscapes” demonstrate a deeply romantic understanding of nature and forests, and they are characterised by an absorbing atmosphere.
After studying photography in Dortmund and Falmouth, Steinhilber established his atelier in Stuttgart in 2002. Countless exhibitions and awards followed shortly thereafter. International recognition came in the wake of his series “Ghost Towns of the American West”.
1968 born in Tübingen, Germany 1993 - 2001 Studied Photography/Design at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts and at Falmouth College of Arts in Falmouth, UK Lives and works in Stuttgart, GermanyAwards
2009 World Press Photo Award 2001 BFF Young Talent Award Young Talent Award – Special Prize for Photography from the German Art Directors Club 1998 Reinhold Wolf Award 1996 Kodak Young Talent Prize Reinhold Wolf Award 1995 German Photo PrizeExhibitions
2014 Ghost Towns of the American West, DAZ – Deutsch-Amerikanisches-Zentrum, Stuttgart, Germany 2003 Berthold Steinhilber – Ghost Towns of the American West, Galerie Wittenbrink, Munich, Germany
2014 Jenseits der Ansichtskarte – Die Alpen in der Fotografie, Vorarlberg Museum, Bregenz, Austria 2013 Jenseits der Ansichtskarte – Die Alpen in der Fotografie, Galerie Stihl, Waiblingen, Germany 2012 Passio und Compassio – Vom Leben und Sterben der Heiligen, Galerie der Stadt, Backnang, Germany 2011 Blues für den blauen Planeten – Gemeinschaftsausstellung des BFF, Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart, Germany 2010 Fotosommer Stuttgart – Fokus 0711, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart Germany 2008 Bilderberg – Fotografie ist Kommunikation, Galerie im Medienhaven, Bremen, Germany 2005 Fokus 0711, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany Lightworks, Kunstverein Neckar-Odenwald, Mosbach, Germany