Markus Studtmann is a fine art photographer and psychologist living and working in Berlin, Germany. He studiedphilosophy, psychology and neurobiology at Bielefeld university and holds a Ph.D. in psychology. He worked as aresearcher and lecturer at the University of Greifswald and the Max Plax Planck Institute of Human Development in Berlin, where he was also a member of the art committee. His research is focussed on the perception and facialexpression of emotions and has been published in scientific books and journals.
His passion for photography started 30 years ago with conceptual and experimental black and white photography. After journeys through people (portrait, facial expressions of emotions, theatre, dancing, events) and landscapephotography he developed a deeper passion for fine art architecture photography and abstraction. His images havebeen published in magazines, books and newspapers. He loves the process of finding the perfect composition,experimenting in the digital darkroom to the sound of good music, and the smell of tasty coffee in the air.
I’m trying to find beauty in looking for the visual essence of things: their underlying patterns, structure, shapes and geometry. In architecture photography I try to imagine what the architect might have had in mind while planning the building. A frist draft. A few lines and curves. The basics, without much distractions. That’s what I’m after. In order to get there, I often rearrange the scenery, remove distractions, simplify structures, decompose and reassemble whole images and paint light and shadows according to my imagination. This results in unique, often minimalistic composed images on the edge of graphics and paintings.