About

I grew up in the south of Germany, studied photography at the FH Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the College of Arts in Falmouth in England. During my studies, I received the Kodak Young Talent Award and two Reinhart Wolf Prize awards for my photographic work, which made my entry into the world of photography much easier. Today I live in Stuttgart and, in addition to my commissioned work, I photograph many freelance projects, often dealing with landscape themes, from which I can produce book publications.

Statement

The way I work could be described with the quote from the American photographer Lewis Hine, whom I hold in high esteem: "If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera". A main focus of my work is landscape photography and the change of the landscape by humans. I am interested in how we see and perceive landscape and how we react to changes, disappearance and loss. The relationships between man and landscape is what drives me. When you look at landscapes, it does something to our brain, it develops in parallel in the mind of the observer and for me it is as if they had a being of their own. We see and interpret the landscape, so it means something to us. This is where I started with my photography. In my photography I am less interested in the extreme changes caused by catastrophes and the destruction of nature than in the changing everyday landscape towards a monotonous and increasingly sterile landscape. Topics are, for example, the influence of our mobility or the historical landscape, those fine layers, how our history has shaped the landscape. Furthermore, in my series from the Lightworks series I deal with the topic of why societies survive or perish. Here I photograph exclusively with artificial light. This results in distinctive illuminated works of the traces and legacies of mankind.

Education

  • 1993 - 2001| Fotografie Studium, Fachhochschule Dortmund (DE)
  • 1996 - 1997| Fotografie Studium, College of Arts, Falmouth (GB).

Institution (Work Experience)

  • 2008 bis heute | Mitglied der Fotografenagentur laif, Köln (DE)
  • 1998 bis heute | Selbständig als Fotograf, Arbeiten für Magazine, Unternehmen und Agenturen im In- und Ausland. Arbeit an eigenen Buchprojekten und Ausstellungen.

Selected Awards

  • 2009 | Auszeichnung, World Press Photo Award (NL)
  • 2003 | Fotobuchpreis (DE)
  • 2001 | BFF Nachwuchsförderpreis (DE)
  • 2001 | Young Talent Award Photography, Art Directors Club Germany (DE)
  • 1998 | Auszeichnung, Reinhart Wolf Preis (DE)
  • 1997 | 2nd prize, Observer Hodge Award, London (GB)
  • 1996 | Kodak Nachwuchsförderpreis (DE)
  • 1995 | Auszeichnung, Deutscher Fotopreis (DE)
  • 1996 | Auszeichnung, Reinhart Wolf Preis (DE)

Selected Exhibitions/Publications

  • 2019, 2018 | IT Meets Art, Waldbronn (DE)
  • 2014 | Vorarlberg Museum, Bregenz (AT)
  • 2013 | Galerie Stihl, Waiblingen (DE)
  • 2012 | Galerie der Stadt, Backnang (DE)
  • 2012 | Fotoseptiembre, San Antonio, (US)
  • 2011 | Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart (DE)
  • 2010 | Kunstverein, Stuttgart (DE)
  • 2008 | Chateau des Tourelles, Le Plessis Trevise (FR)
  • 2008 | Gallery Homeland, Portland (US)
  • 2004 | Galerie Périscope, Liège (BE)

Personal Website

http://www.bertholdsteinhilber.com

Galleries

Berthold Steinhilber | Passbilder - Landscapes of the Alpine Passes (2008 - 2015)

Berthold Steinhilber | Passbilder - Landscapes of the Alpine Passes (2008 - 2015)

The history of the Alps is also a history of traffic routes. Without them, colonization and development would have been impossible. Man has crossed the Alps for trade, culture, worship, and war. As soon as a path, a road, is built through the landscape, this also changes the perception of the landscape. You can not look at traffic routes only in their geographical context. You have to consider their cultural environment as well. On the one hand, it is thanks to them that living in the Alps became possible in the first place. On the other hand, they are essential to any kind of trade and they promote cultural exchange. The photographs show places where history, present, and landscape meet.

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Berthold Steinhilber | Germany - a journey through time. Landscapes and places of German history. (2016 - 2018)

Berthold Steinhilber | Germany - a journey through time. Landscapes and places of German history. (2016 - 2018)

Landscapes and places of German history. Anyone who thinks about where we're going should know where we come from. At the beginning of the work on this book was the question: Where do the Germans come from and what influenced their culture? In search of an answer, author Sabine Böhne and I went on a journey through Germany and time. It leads to places and landscapes where the past is still visible today. It is impossible to depict the whole of German history in one book. Our idea was, to make a combination of known and lesser-known, but interesting places. These places create a kind of mosaic, the outlines and dimensions of the pattern are visible, but it allows the viewer to fill the gap with his own thoughts.

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Berthold Steinhilber | Ghost Towns of the American West (2000)

Berthold Steinhilber | Ghost Towns of the American West (2000)

The abandoned western and mining towns left some of the most impressive traces in the settlement of the American West. Ghost Towns - in a broader sense it means any form that is even remotely reminiscent of a settlement or a house and breathes history. None of the places is older than 150 years, none has been inhabited for more than 100 years. The pressure to change their place of residence, to leave house and yard and to start anew elsewhere was much greater than in Europe. Traditions and lifestyles, therefore, had a much shorter lifespan. The fate of these cities was closely linked to the economic success of the mines. When the mineral resources were exhausted, the place was abandoned and the people left: "Get out, happiness is elsewhere“.

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Berthold Steinsilber | UFO has landed… (2002 - today)

Berthold Steinsilber | UFO has landed… (2002 - today)

The series "UFO has landed..." deals with the phenomenon of Fake News long before the topic has become as important as it is today by dealing with the fascinating world of UFO believers and documenting my own UFO sightings. The titles of the photographs are based on the common categorization and technical language on numerous UFO websites, but are supplemented by my own word creations. I invented the story that the UFO images could only be photographed with an old Agfa box camera of my grandfather, because UFO camera detectors normally influence all digital camera sensors and UFO images are deleted immediately.

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