Over the past few years, Viennese photographer Manfred Baumann has become one of the most influential photographers of his time. His passion for photography began as a child at the age of 10 when his grandfather gave him his first camera a PRAKTIKA.
His grandfather, who worked as a photographer himself, was the inspirational figure for Manfred. After he developed a feeling for landscape photography, this is what he concentrated on in his first years. Baumanns path to becoming an internationally known photographer wasnt a smooth one. After studying business management, he began working as an assistant for a Viennese photographer.
It was then that his passion for photography came to the forefront. In the beginning, he focused on fine nude photography, where his fascination centered on portraying people as beautifully as possible and capturing a certain essence in the picture. From that point on, Manfred Baumann has taken it upon himself to explore the world through the eyes of a photographer. With the many different projects that Manfred has completed over the past years, he has become more professional and artistically secure. It is his ambition to break with conventional views. In his opinion, a technically perfect photo is not necessarily a good picture.
Manfred Baumann discovered the importance of people wanting to find a story when viewing a photograph. The viewer has to be able to find something new every time he looks at the same picture. Adams and Newton already emphasized this, and Manfred is following this tenet in his work. Manfred Baumann knows how to make beautiful women look erotic by emphasizing their charisma and beauty. Every one of his pictures exudes an erotic tension that envelops the observer in an almost tactile, virtually palpable experience. More recently, Baumann has devoted himself to portraiture. The list of people who have posed for his camera reads like the Whos Who of Hollywood: Sir Roger Moore, Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Sylvester Stallone, and many more.
To relax and recharge, Manfred likes to
travel the world but never without his camera. The material he has collected culminated
in two magnificent exhibitions focused on landscapes. His travel essays give
anyone the irresistible urge to travel. Furthermore, his landscape photographs
are shown from unusual, impressive angles, inviting the viewer to daydream.
Having repeatedly had the opportunity to take pictures of American movie and
television celebrities, Manfred has learned to orient himself towards movies. He
just lets the impressions percolate into his work. Nothing is left to chance not
the composition, the lighting of the stage, or the makeup and styling. Manfred
Baumann has a wide range of different subjects. Just as one of his role models,
Helmut Newton, his three preferred subjects are nudes, celebrity portraits, and
Manfred photographed with Leica and Nikon Equipment!
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.