Dec 19th, 2017



Bartholot was born and raised in Southern Germany. He is a visual creative exploring appearances and identities. 
His imagery celebrates artificiality and the unexplained. His approach to photography is sculptural and graphic with a focus on colour and texture. He currently lives in Berlin where he has been running his one man studio since 2009.  

Tell us about the works that we’re featuring?

The selected works come from different projects, but they all relate to aspects of appearance, absence and presence as well as artificiality and authenticity in a digital context. They don’t want to tell a story. I am lazy and prefer to offer little information and leave the storytelling to the viewer.

How does technology affect your work?

Digital photography as well as image manipulation software are part of my working process. Usually, I build some sort of character or object, shoot it in my little studio and in the end there is a digital archive displaying an artwork on my web portfolio. So without technology there would be nothing.

Do your parents like your work?

My mum mostly likes what i do. She has a weakness for the arts and is quite open to it, yet sometimes she is irritated.

I am pretty sure my dad is usually afraid of my works thinking: what went wrong with this guy. However, he agreed to hang 3 big prints in their house and since the neighbours commented positively on them he kinda likes them.

Why did you start taking photos?

Well, I was kind of forced to do it. I used to work as a graphic designer doing really ugly things and I had a huge creative crisis. I needed a change, moved to Madrid, started working as an assistant to photographer Àlvaro Villarrubia –  without any knowledge of photography. He kept pushing me to use his camera, his mother – also a photographer – did the same, my partner by that time also. Eventually, I came up with my first works, one of which was a digital collage called Geometric homicide, which instantly got me some attention. The most important experience however was that I enjoyed the whole process and the result. For the very first time I really liked what I created.

What other forms of art inform your work?

Costume and stage design, conceptual fashion, all that 3D stuff with it’s obsession for texture, renaissance paintings, performing arts like dance and theatre.

Has your work ever gotten you into a dangerous situation?

I remember one very awkward moment working as an assistant to Àlvaro Villarrubia back in the day. We went to Istanbul to shoot a famous spanish singer on the sights. We were right in front of the Blue Mosque where we had to shoot her leaning against a huge column on the right side of the entrance. She wore a very elegant yet very sexy black dress and suddenly there was this crowd of about 50 angry guys raising their arms and getting closer to us screaming and yelling. We grabbed all the equipment almost hysterically and ran off to our bus leaving the place with squealing wheels.