The Berlin based gallery CAMERA WORK is showing an exhibition of the Austrian photographer Andreas H. Bitesnich since 1st September 2018. During a short stay in Berlin, I had the opportunity to visit this exhibition in one of my favorite galleries on the opening day, on which the artist conducted a gallery tour. The nude, portrait and travel photographer Andreas H. Bitesnich, born in Vienna in 1964, has been photographing since 1988 and has published numerous illustrated books. He is known in particular by his nudes. During the gallery tour, he explained how the individual pictures came about.
Bitesnich composes his nude photographs, especially in the earlier creative period, geometrically with a view to balanced image structures. He concentrates on the basic form and avoids troubled backgrounds. Little distracts from the human model. In the first years as a photographer he worked with only a single light and mostly formal and complex posings. Meanwhile, he uses often complex lighting with multiple light sources but more relaxed posings of the models. This development in his way of working is clearly visible in the exhibition.
Bitesnich is able to show the naked body similar to a sculpture. He achieves the sculptural appearance of the human body in combination of body shape and posing as well as the setting of light, and oil-enhanced light contrasts on the body.
He is a hard worker and produces a lot of artwork per year. His basic inspiration comes, inter alia, from the painting. He practices nude photography both with female and male models. He begins a studio day without too detailed goals but in the expectation of having created relevant art at the end of the day and he is open for spontaneity during the shoot.
The solo exhibition, comprising more than 30 works, includes both the major works of his oeuvre and photographs from his new series „Momentum“. The exhibited works show form studies of the nude and architectural travel sketches of the night, mostly from Japan or New York. The exhibition combines each a nude and an architectural image, in which shapes or colors fit together. The viewer can thereby create his own stories by connecting the model mentally with the place shown. The combination of man and place was based on aesthetic criteria and not as the result of a spatial coincidence. If you are open to get involved, you can make your own movie in the head cinema. I really liked the exhibition.
The gallery: CAMERA WORK in 10623 Berlin, Kantstr. 149, www.camerawork.de The exhibition is open until 13.10.2018 (without guarantee).