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Patrick Brandt
Since starting his career as a cameraman, travelling has been Patrick Brandt’s
daily business. His work for TV documentaries and his own productions led him
to distant places all over the world, where Patrick Brandt, born in Essen in 1970,
captured landscapes, animals and people with his camera. In the past he
portrayed the people of the Himba in Namibia and the Massai in Kenya.
Besides, he accompanied scientists from all over the world to explore animals
such as humpback whales, various sharks and insects. His work has taken
him back many times to the African wildlife. In 2007 he had one encounter
with the world’s largest predator, the sperm whale.
An eco-documentary brought him to the Pacific Island of Isla de Coco, where
he visited the hammerhead shark schools. His 30-year diving experience has
always been helpful on these adventurous trips.
His special talent to direct the camera with great sensitivity lively, excitingly,
and artistically, provides Patrick Brandt with the opportunity to work as a
freelance cameraman and photographer for renowned production companies in
various formats for German television. His work is distinguished by a high level
of professionalism, swiftness, creativity as well as versatility.
Ulrich Stein, Lecturer for the Cinematographic History and Theory at the
Hamburg media School.

In spring of 2008 he presented his photographic works titled „PURA VIDA“ for
the first time. Patrick Brandt is trying to lift his impressions of nature onto a more
abstract level. With these photographs he found a new way to show the different
forms, colours and moods that nature has to offer. The macro-photographs are
convincing in colour intensity, power and dynamics and are characterized by the
beauty of nature.
Due to his engagement in drawing and painting many of his photo structures
resemble a canvas. This impression is even enhanced by using large size motives
(< 200 cm x 140 cm) thus enabling them to unfold their vibrating luminance.
Working with extreme lighting situations, velocity and movement leads to a visual
quality of its own.
For Patrick Brandt the shapes, colours and moods of nature do not require a
definition. Instead, he reserves every beholder the right to approach the pictures
unbiased and as freely as possible, thereby inviting them to follow one's own
imagination and interpretation. For artwork is about widening the perception of
things surrounding us.

Since 2002, Patrick Brandt has developed this project subsuming it into his
work series „Aktivografien“.
He uses a very specific photographic procedure in order to create abstract
structures on the basis of illustrations of his worldwide applied film and
photo equipment through the control scanner of the security systems at
airports. Through the taking these image files out of their originally intended
function, namely to screen the luggage of travelers, a completely new visual
context evolves and providing the possibility for a changed approach.
With his own graphic basic elements he generates photographic forms with
an elaborate process in the computer creating a new image.
In form and design the generated „Aktivografien“ are reminiscent of early
drawings and paintings by Patrick Brandt and can be viewed in the catalog
„Patrick Brandt – Aktivografien“ published in 2008.
Textual revision by Prof. Gerda Schlembach

Patrick Brandt - Portraits

Patrick Brandt - Architectural Photography

Thomas Brandt - Sculptures
Since 2012 Patrick Brandt presents the sculptures of his uncle Thomas Brandt.