BERTHOLD STEINHILBER

Berthold Steinhilber, born in 1968, is a photographer based in Stuttgart, Germany, who is widely known for his extraordinary landscape work and his distinctive lighting and colors techniques.

A great part of his photographic work is concentrated on the change of places and landscapes done by humans and the traces they left behind. He sometimes uses artificial light in documentary photography to illuminate whole landscapes and sceneries. Applying this quite unusual technique to landscape photography Steinhilber expands its boundaries and creates works full of poetic and stirring beauty. The colors and the light appear almost unreal and direct the gaze to the question about reality of nature and landscape. What does this reality make up for the viewer? The unmistakable works from the series ‘Seascapes / Seestücke’ take us to ‘the end of the world’, where the land, the sea, the horizon and our phantasy melt together.

BERTHOLD STEINHILBER: ARTIST STATEMENT

One focus of his work is landscape photography and the reflexion on the changes of landscape created by man. Many landscape themes describe the balance relationship between nature and human interventions.

Berthold Steinhilber’s unmistakably illuminated works from the Lightworks series (Ghost Towns etc.) gave him international reputation. With the precise use of artificial light, he expanded documentary photography and created many series dealing with the traces and remains of man on earth.

Biography

Berthold Steinhilber, born in 1968, is a photographer based in Stuttgart, Germany.

He is widely known for his landscape work and his distinctive lighting technique.
His Lightworks Photographs (Ghost Towns, British Abbeys etc.) have attracted a growing international audience. He uses artificial light in documentary photography to illuminate whole landscapes and sceneries.

A great part of his photography is concentrated on the change of places and landscapes by humans and the traces they left behind. Berthold Steinhilber won several awards for his photography (a World Press award in 2009, a German book award for „Ghost Towns of the American West“, Kodak Young Talent Award, Reinhof Wolf Award…).

He studied photography at the FH Dortmund and the College of Arts in Falmouth and works today for German and international clients and his work is shown in various exhibitions.

Interview

1. WICH IS THE CENTRAL QUESTION IN YOUR LIFE AS A PHOTOGRAPHER?
The Mystery of a good picture.

2. WHO ARE THE PHOTOGRAPHERS / OR OTHER ARTISTS THAT INSPIRE YOU?
It is nearly impossible to not be influenced by other photographers. In the beginning of my career I was quite impressed by Eugène Atget and the artists Otto Dix and Jan van Eyck.

3. WHAT MAKES AN EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPHER?
The own and personnel view on the planet and the ability to transform this into the pictures that are not only duplicates of the reality but also self-standing arts.

4. WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT DECIDING TO BECOME A FULL-TIME PHOTOGRAPHER?
To not have become an historian.

5. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU IN YOUR WORK AND WHAT IS DEMOTIVATING?
Nature and the passion for my photographic issues are my motivation. Demotivating is bad equipment.

6. WHAT ARE THE MOST PASSIONATE MOMENTS IN YOUR WORK?
To be on the road, out in the field…

7. WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES IN YOUR WORK?
To withstand all daily temptations to get off track.

8. HOW DID YOU DEVELOP YOUR ARTISTRY?
To shoot, to reflect, to shoot, to reflect etc…

9. WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR PERSONAL LEARNING IN PHOTOGRAPHY THAT YOU WOULD CONVEY TO A „NOVICE“?
It is important to listen carefully to yourself and find out what you really want. And then to focus on your goal.

10. WHICH ARE THE DRIVING FORCES FOR YOU PERSONALLY AND IN YOUR WORK?
My love to taking pictures.

11. WHICH FEELINGS DETERMINE YOUR WORK WHEN OUT IN THE FIELD?
Cold, heat, moisture, tiredness, thirst, desperation, confidence, joy.

12. ON WHICH CRITERIA DO YOU JUDGE YOUR OWN WORK AS SUCCESSFUL?
If the photographs are meaningful for me even after years.

13. YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK AND THE BEAUTY OF OUR PLANET, NATURE: WHAT CONNECTION DO YOU SEE?
Respect.

14. ASSUMING YOU WOULD HAVE 15 MINUTES ON A TV BROADCAST AND PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD COULD LISTEN AND UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WERE SAYING, WHAT WOULD BE THE CORE OF YOUR MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE?
Monty Python says it: “Always look on the bright side of life!”

Veröffentlichungen

Books:

Deutschland – eine Reise durch die Zeit. Text von Sabine Böhne. Frederking & Thaler Verlag, 2018

Passbilder – Landschaften der Alpenpässe. Text von Eugen E. Hüsler. Frederking & Thaler Verlag, 2015

Deutschlands Landschaften. Text von Roland F. Karl. Frederking & Thaler Verlag, 2013

Wiener Geschichten. Text von Eva Gesine Baur. Knesebeck Verlag, 2006

Ghost Towns of the American West. Text by Wim Wenders, Mario Kaiser and Hans-Michael Koetzle. Harry N. Abrams, New York, 2003

Der Traum von anderen Wohnen. Texte von Sabine Böhne und Inge Behrens. Gerstenberg Verlag, Hildesheim, 2001

Die Klage der Steine – Geheimnisse britischer Klosterruinen. Text von Ralph Kendlbacher. Eulen Verlag, Freiburg, 2000

Berthold Steinhilber publishes articles and images on a regular base on: Communication Arts, View Camera, Time, Oceans, Smithsonian, Natural History, Geo, Outside, Pacific Discovery, and on many national newspapers and their weekly magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards

– Annual International Color Awards, Photography Masters Cup Award

– San Francisco Society of Communicating Arts, Art Directors Photography Award

– Center for Photographic Art Juried Exhibition Awards

– First Place, OCEANS ‘85 Exposition Film Festival, San Diego

– CINE Golden Eagle Award for Cinematography

– Houston International Film Festival, Special Gold Award for Cinematography

– Northwest Photographers Museum-Juried Award for Landscape Photography