About The Photographer
As a photographer I work for German and international media as well as on behalf of companies, theatres, actors and musicians. My emphasis here is on portraits and documentaries as well as events and image campaigns.
The focus of my photography is the human being. From different directions, I intuitively approach my "surroundings". The result is a contemporary "document" of a world that nourishes me through its social changes and the global turn of time of the last decades.
The cycle Power and Ritual deals with social staging in politics, religion, demimonde, economy and the media.
The scenes in Black East Wild West move at the intersections of the secular and the sacred, on moving masses and moving people and their search for "salvation".
In the series of Unbedeutende Persönlichkeiten, the portraits draw their tension from the interplay of portrayed acquaintances and well-known personalities, the closeness and distance and the transience of the moment.
The atmospheres in Dark Cities Light Places were taken over the years on various journeys within the hometown of Cologne, the course of the nearby Rhine, the distant cities and places. The finding swings between outside and inside, the days and nights and follows the gazes of the people.
In the series Still you will find maybe the deepest possible silence.
In the earliest and at the same time current cycle Digitalis, the transition from the analog to the digital age, with the accompanying dissolution of the authenticity of photography, is documented in various series from different directions.
I was born in Cologne and I studied Photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Dortmund. Works and lives in Köln (Cologne), Germany.
Macht und Ritual, Stadtmuseum, Köln 2006
Annabelle (CH), Bloomberg Magazine (USA), Bunte, Capital, Dagens Nyheter (S), Das Magazin (CH), Die Woche, DIE ZEIT, Facts (CH), Financial Times Deutschland, Focus, GEO, GEO special, GEO Histoire (F), Greenpeace, NRC Handelsblad (NL), Impulse, Journalist, Kölner Stadtanzeiger, Kölner Illustrierte, L'Express (F), Merian, Neue Züricher Zeitung (CH), NZZ am Sonntag, Playboy, Spiegel, Stadtrevue, Stern, Taz, ZEITmagazin and much more...
Hewlett Packard, GE Compune, GE Capital, Rational AG, Sal Oppenheim, EBV, Dr. Blumrath & Partner, Deutsche Postbank AG, Advesto, Deutsche Telekom AG, Claus Koch Corporate Communications, BBDO Group, Boesner GmbH, Sparkasse KölnBonn, Haniel AG, Fink & Fuchs Public Relations, Greenpeace, Kochs & Kochs Public Relation, muehlhaus & moers kommunikation, Computacenter AG, AVI Music, SAP and much more...
About publishing photography
For me, a vintage print is more a form of publication than an object, and my exhibitions are intended more as an extended form of publication. At the same time, a photograph in a magazine is more of an artistic object that becomes visible to a mass audience.
Photography is communication, documentation and object at the same time. The different forms of appearance change the perspectives and impressions of the respective photography and thus also allow for an expansion of the possibilities of knowledge.
Furthermore, the free handling of the form of publication also leads to a heterogeneous audience, which I prefer and appreciate very much.
Edition Sakrament & Sünde, Van der Grinten, 2005
Angela Merkel in Bloomberg Magazine, 2018
More information about the photography of Bernd Arnold (German language)
Art Karlsruhe 2017, Wahl Kampf Ritual, Booth in focus galerie