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Reinfried Marass - Austrian, professional photographer, born 1960 in Vienna. I started photography at age of 18 after my graduation as mechanical engineer.
I do commercial and editorial photography, fine art photography and stock photography.
My work was internationally acknowledged and awarded at some of the world’s most prestigious photographic contests. My photographs have been published in international magazines and books - primarily covers, full pages, double-spreads or centerfolds.
I run international solo and group exhibitions and my work is contained in art collections around the globe.
The positioning and relationship of points, lines and areas in my photographs is influenced by and dictated by the famous German ‘Bauhaus’ that combined crafts and the fine arts and operated from 1919 to 1933. These rules can be found in many of my photographs. In addition I introduced ‘Fibonacci Harmonic Levels’ to photography.
I was born in Vienna, but grew up in Neulengbach, a small Austrian town where ‘Egon Schiele’ lived, worked and finally was prisoned for his erotic paintings and drawings. This can be called my first contact with art, and elements of Schiele’s work can be found in my photographs as well.
My education as an engineer always kept me in contact with classic cars and exotic cars. Automotive photography became a niche I’m a little specialized in, and ‘Automotive Art’ is a part of my work in many cases.
I do photography on location by using available light. I never have owned a flash or similar lighting equipment. In general I love to work with minimal equipment. Thus I can be fully concentrated on the ’sujet’.
For my personal work I’m a strictly follower of the ‘Codex’ : there exists an unwritten ‘contract’ between the photographer and the viewer. This ‘contract’ states that the photograph must reflect the truth. Digital post-processing is used in a minimalist way only, just to enhance technical quality - not to create fake shots or fake light situation. In my opinion ’sticking to this rule’ becomes even more important in the digital era of photography.
- “In my opinion the highest level of an art-image is reached when a photograph starts to ‘talk’. Over and over again, varying each time the viewer is looking at it.”
- “The interpretation varies from viewer to viewer - it depends on his age, education, experiences of life, origin or sex.”
- “Sometimes I like to use a title to give a ‘hint’, but very often I leave it to the viewer to interpret.”
- “I personally do not care ‘how’ a work is interpreted - as long as the photograph does animate at all.”
- “There exists an unwritten ‘contract’ between the photographer and the viewer. This ‘contract’ states that the photograph must reflect the truth.”
In 2009 I was honored to complement the premium list of photographers at Gallery Stock, an agency who is specialised in licensing images of contemporary top photographers and top artists like Joel Meyerowitz, Nadav Kander, Anthony Suau, Stephen Shore, Larry Fink, Massimo Vitali, Mitch Epstein, Simon Stock, Hiroshi Watanabe, Stephen Wilkes, Ewen Spencer, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Sally Gall, among others.
Reinfried Marass Website http://reinfriedmarass.com