Eckart Bartnik, born 1957 in Bonn, lives and works in Wiesbaden, Germany. In addition to his work as a natural scientist, he has devoted himself to free artistic photography projects since 1975. As an autodidact he deepened his knowledge in workshops with respected photographers such as Bruce Barnbaum, Douglas Issac Busch, Wolfgang Zurborn, Markus Schaden, Thekla Ehling, Laura Hynd, Claudio Cambon and Olaf Otto Becker.
Since the 1980s, his work has been internationally exhibited in group and individual exhibitions and published in daily newspapers, magazines and specialist magazines, including Stern and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. With his series "WesterWorld - My Piece of Home", he took part in various photo festivals.
In his systematic and analytical series of photographs, Eckart Bartnik approaches his subjects with a minimalistic pictorial language. As a scientist, he is primarily interested in abstract forms in nature. Consistently, he reflects on the complexity of the relationship between nature and photography, of reality and its image. In his recent works, Bartnik deals with the larger social connections: In ‘Portraits’ he captures the faces of a region in its economic and cultural upheaval. In extensive series, he documents the traces of human interventions in the landscape. His pictorial language is essentially documentary, but it also always contains narrative approaches.