Manfred Baumann was born in Vienna in 1968. The Leica photographer has since presented his works worldwide in the form of exhibitions, books, and calendars. His photographs are displayed in museums as well as in international galleries. Over the past years, Baumann has taken his place among the most influential photographers of our time.
He lives and works in Europe and the USA, and has already photographed such greats as Sandra Bullock, William Shatner, Jack Black, Natalie Portman, Tony Curtis, Paul Anka, Lionel Richie, Kathleen Turner, John Malkovich, Bruce Willis, Juliette Lewis, Angelina Jolie, Toni Garrn, Michelle Rodriguez, Leah Remini, Evander Holyfield, as well as many international top models.
For Manfred Baumann, the fascination of photography lies in departing from the familiar and capturing an impression of the moment. He loves to explore the world through the eyes of a photographer.
To make visible that which others have not seen has been the objective of Baumanns exhibitions, such as END OF LINE, in which he documented the final journey of death row inmates in Texas; ALIVE, where he photographed homeless persons on the street for one year; and his current project SPECIAL, which showcases Baumanns portraits of intellectually disabled persons. His ambition is to break with tradition and the conventional perspective.
The viewer of my photographs should discover the soul and history they embody, and recognize that photography is the only language that can be understood all over the world. As an ardent animal welfare activist, vegetarian, and goodwill ambassador for Jane Goodall, he also ventured into the world of animal photography for the first time with the project MUSTANGS. The projects works and exhibition will be shown in the Natural History Museum Vienna.
Among Manfreds role models are great masters of photography such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Helmut Newton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, and Ansel Adams.
Manfred Baumann also photographed the late Tony Curtis. This was the Hollywood stars last official photo shoot and did much to bolster Baumanns considerable fame in the USA.
For more than 20 years, Manfred has been drawn to the most distant places in the world, where his breathtaking landscape photographs are created, and it is only natural that since 2013, he has cooperated with and photographed for National Geographic.
He lives and works in Vienna with his wife and muse Nelly Baumann, although his sojourns to his second home, Los Angeles, have become increasingly frequent and of longer duration. His clientele, however, come from all over the world.
Vienna, March 2017
The last journey of death row inmates to
the execution chamber.
The exhibition End of Line deals with the last journey of condemned men in Texas. In this state, some 300 people sentenced to death are awaiting execution. They often wait for years, trapped in isolation in a small holding cell in the Allan B. Polunsky Unit. The executions then take place in the Huntsville Unit, which is the oldest prison in Texas and about 60 miles away. This facility is also known as the Walls Unit. The pictures in this exhibition document the very last journey of those condemned to death row and offer personal insights into the lives of two of them. End of Line is intended to provide the viewer with a better understanding of what it's like to spend your last days in a place like the Huntsville Unit.
In the course of the photo shoots, Jim Willett, a former prison guard, also talked about 89 executions he observed in his years in Huntsville. Snapshots of the condemned inmates Charles Chucky Mamou and Arnold Prieto Jr. were taken back in January 2014 together with an exclusive interview. Since 1976, 506 prisoners have been executed in the state of Texas. In all of America, 3,359 people share that fate.
Exhibition AliVe in the middle of life.
Touching photographs by Manfred Baumann
When time flows by, faces and looks
change with it, just as with calamities. AliVe gives insights into the lives of
people who may otherwise fall through the cracks, bringing them back into society.
The homeless live on the fringes and are often overlooked, not being perceived in
a positive or negative way.
AliVe sheds light on human beings who are in need of our help. Besides expressive black and white photographs, written statements will be shown to provide the viewer with a complete Picture.
Insights into the world of Hollywood stars
Manfred Baumann is well known for his impressive portraits of international celebrities.
The artist has been focusing mainly on the area of Los Angeles. The exhibition L.A. Stories provides the viewer with deep insights into the world of the stars of Hollywood.
For example the actresses Natalie Portman and Penelope Cruz can be seen in a very moving moment during an award presentation. We experience how legend William Shatner spends time on his horse ranch. And of course there are many more private insights into the lives of celebrities whom the artist had the opportunity to visit at home. Manfred Baumann chose how to present his prominent and interesting subjects so as to provide not only a staged but also an unobserved point of view. This approach is intended to facilitate different ways of looking at celebrities and capturing their fame and glamor from various perspectives.
Since 2005, Manfred Baumann has
photographed international celebrities on countless occasions.
Over the past two years, he has completed a vast number of photo shoots in L.A., the results of which can be seen in L.A. Stories. He focused on two different ideas in this project: beautiful simple but expressive portraits on the one hand, and the view of an outside observer who sees the stars interacting with each other on the other.
LIFE by Manfred Baumann is an exhibition
that shows people who really have something to say. No retouching and no
Our life story is built minute by minute from the ups and downs in life. Over the course of time, our face changes. And sometimes we get the opportunity to look behind someones wrinkles and facial expressions to get a glimpse of their past. The eyes are called the key to the soul for good reason. Unfortunately, we only very rarely have the opportunity to see the story behind a face. So it seems more than necessary to describe the miracle of being human in as full a way as possible including telling the story behind a person. This is exactly the focus of the LIFE project. In addition to great black and white photographs, there will be accompanying interviews and audio and film material.
All parts will be shown in the form of an exhibition to create a synthesis of the interviews and photographs.
This project that runs parallel to his other projects is oriented towards the popular trend of street photography. Just like a blogger, Manfred captures different Souls that he meets during his travels all over the world.
Manfred Baumann in the footsteps of surfers in California. Surfing creates a magical connection between man and water, and the power and beauty of nature can be experienced especially intensely in this Sport.