Seems to be like I am performed Andreas H. Bitesnich all my life Not less than throughout that point, since I began constructing my photographic horizons within the late Nineteen Nineties, I’ve dabbled in images.
Each journal that options “scorching and horny” images ultimately publishes Bitsnich’s sensual, sculpted, flawless bodyscapes. To me he was the German model of Herb Ritts, and thru his (and others’) works, magazines equivalent to MAX Grew to become my Bible.
So you may think about how excited I used to be to lastly meet him in particular person, first at one other photographer’s aftershow occasion in 2019 – and to work with him at his present this yr at IMMAGIS ART Images. Talking of what’s new, we additionally did a little bit recap. Right here comes the interview – take pleasure in!
Nadine Dinter: Andreas, you at present have a solo present on the IMMAGIS ART PHOTOGRAPHY gallery in Munich. It is a background of your work from 1991 to 2015. How does it really feel to look again on the images you created throughout that quarter of a century?
Andreas H. Bitesnich: I’m delighted to have the chance to showcase my work at IMMAGIS. I’ve been with these works for a very long time. They’re a part of my journey as an artist and nearly really feel like a diary to me. Each image has a narrative behind it. Wanting again on them, typically I’m wondering how I acquired the shot; I suppose the reply is persistence.
You shoot primarily in black and white, and your compositions are famous for his or her minimal backgrounds. How did you develop your type; Did it develop naturally over time?
AHB: Beginning out, I noticed that with black and white images, I might utterly affect how I imagined my pictures ought to look. In fact, the absence of shade makes issues a lot less complicated. Specializing in form, kind, steadiness and shadow saved me fairly busy. Speaking with my fashions and collaborators was an ideal studying expertise. So simplifying issues appeared the precise factor to do.
Your present is stuffed with great portraits however one among them particularly caught my eye: the portrait of Philip Glass. What’s the story behind it?
AHB: I had the nice fortune to satisfy Philip by means of a mutual pal. When he and conductor Dennis Russell Davies agreed to do their portraits, I used to be thrilled. Quickly after the assembly, he invited me to journey to New York and be part of him on a live performance at Carnegie Corridor. Since then, I’ve photographed each artists on a number of events, together with in non-public portrait sittings. If issues go as deliberate, a ebook of a lot of these pictures can be revealed by teNeues within the fall of 2023. It is a challenge near my coronary heart, and I’m very excited to carry the ebook in my fingers.
How do you’re employed when taking photographs? Do you could have your individual studio, or do you like capturing on location?
AHB: Beforehand, I labored primarily within the studio, so I gained a number of expertise with the studio surroundings. However I additionally discover engaged on location very inspiring. After I moved to the countryside, I initially did not need to have a studio at dwelling. However after a couple of years, I noticed it might be great to have the ability to create one thing each time the inspiration strikes. So I made a decision to arrange a studio there.
Your nude images reveals robust, athletic our bodies in nearly dancer-like poses. What was your inspiration?
AHB: There’s something about steadiness and kind that fascinates me. So I made a decision to work with fashions who can be bodily capable of observe my imaginative and prescient. At first, I labored primarily with vogue fashions however an increasing number of athletes and dancers.
In your newer works, we see girls with tattoos and piercings, depicted in shade. How does it really feel to change from black and white images to paint? Was it a crucial change or is it associated to the subject?
AHB: Initially, my creations have been largely in black and white so I might make my very own prints. As expertise developed and scanners got here alongside, I used to be capable of full my imaginative and prescient in shade. It was nearly as if a door had opened, and I might lastly enter these rooms stuffed with shade. Since then, my works have been primarily in shade. However about ten years later, I rediscovered my love for black and white images. The wonderful thing about artwork is that there’s a palette of prospects.
The human physique is such an interesting topic, and I take pleasure in embracing all its visible elements in my work – it at all times has been.
You’re additionally energetic within the movie enterprise. Are you able to inform us about your newest challenge?
AHB: Effectively, it is too early to speak about it in depth. I am at present in improvement on a full-length function movie, and issues have solely lately began shifting. I hope to have extra to inform within the close to future.
Along with your individual fame, you’re buddies with a number of celebrities, together with Til Broner, whom you could have portrayed many occasions through the years. In your present present at IMMAGIS, we see Bronner holding his trumpet together with his eyes closed in an nearly meditative place. How did you meet, and what’s your mutual secret when photographing?
AHB: Tak and I met by means of our mutual love for images. We each have robust views of how issues must be performed. He is a troublesome taskmaster, and that is what I like about him. We additionally share a ardour for music. I suppose we worth one another’s firm for all these causes. We turned quick buddies, and spending time collectively is at all times particular.
Each time I take footage of Until, I really feel a way of reassurance from her facet; There are not any boundaries between us. It is a nice present for any artist.
You’ve gotten revealed many influential books over the previous three many years. How has making books modified through the years and are there any new ebook tasks within the making?
AHB: Books have been a major supply for me once I began in images, and I at all times wished to publish my work in ebook kind. After I lastly acquired the prospect to try this with my first ebook, nudes (Version Stammel, 1998), all of it made sense to me. Ending a ebook at all times looks like closing a chapter, nearly like a diary. It frees me as much as transfer ahead and pursue new concepts and tasks. The great thing about a photograph ebook is that it provides a way of “possession” to an artist’s work. This can be the rationale for my ardour for accumulating uncommon books.
The method has been kind of the identical through the years. I normally work on a number of tasks on the similar time. It takes me about 5 years to finish a challenge.
As I discussed earlier, if issues go as deliberate, my ebook on Philip Glass and Dennis Russell Davies will come out with teNeues within the fall of 2023.
What recommendation do you could have for the brand new technology of nude and portrait photographers?
AHB: Being an artist just isn’t a selection however a calling. Comply with it, and it’ll work.
For extra info, please go to: https: https://www.bitesnich.com/
And take a look at Andreas’ IG account @andreas_h_bitesnich
“Chosen Works” by Andreas H. Bitesnich, at IMMAGIS ART Images, by means of November 19, 2022.