In the last few years the Viennese Photographer Manfred Baumann has
become one of the most influential Photographers of his time. His
passion for photography began as a child at the age of 10 when his
grandfather gave him his first camera – a PRAKTIKA.
grandfather, who worked as a photographer himself, was the inspirational
figure for Manfred. After he developed a feeling for it, he
concentrated on landscape photography in his first years.
Baumann’s path to become an international known Photographer wasn’t a
smooth one. After his education in Business management he began working
as Assistant for a Viennese Photographer.
It was then that his
passion for photography became visible. In the beginning he focused on
fine nude photography, where his fascination was focused on portraying
people as beautifully as possible and catching an impression in the
From that point on, Manfred Baumann has taken it on to explore the World
through his eyes as a photographer! With the many different productions
that Manfred did in the past years he became more professional and
artistically secure. It is his ambition to break with conventional
views. In his Opinion a technically perfect photo does not necessarily
have to be a good picture.
Therefore Manfred Baumann discovered
the importance of people wanting to discover a story when observing a
photograph. When looking at the same
picture, the viewer has to be able to find something new every time he
looks at it. Already Adams and Newton emphasized this, and Manfred is
following their aim in his photographies. Manfred Baumann knows how to
make beautiful women look erotic, by emphasizing their charisma and
beauty. Every one of his pictures exudes an erotic tension that
envelopes the observer in an almost tactile, virtually palpable
experience. In recent years, Baumann has devoted himself to portraiture.
The list of personalities that have posed for his camera reads like the
who’s who of Hollywood: Sir Roger Moore, Bruce Willis, John Malkovich,
Sylvester Stallone and many more.
To relax and recharge Manfred likes to travel the world, but never
without his camera. The material collected gave way to two magnificent
Exhibitions focused on landscapes. His travel essays give anyone the
irresistible urge to travel. Furthermore his landscape photographs are
unusual, impressive angles, inviting the viewer to day-dream.
Having repeatedly had the opportunity to take pictures of American
Celebrities from movies and TV, I have learnt to orient myself off
movies. I just let the impressions prelocate into my work. Nothing is
left to fortune, not the composition, the lighting of the stage or
make-up and styling! Manfred Baumann has a wide range of different
subjects. Just as one of his role models, Helmut Newton, his three
preferred subjects are nude, celebrity portraits and landscapes.