Dramatic Animal Portraits
Images of animals possess an important place and long tradition within the history of photography. It is nonetheless rare to find a photographer who is able to break through the obvious facade of the beauty of the animal world and reach out to the actual being of each individual creature; the ability to capture its essence and thus let us fall silent with amazement in front of its portrait. This Spanish-born artist (1965 in Malaga), who now lives and works in Berlin, Germany, has already been the cause for sensation at LUMAS with his collection of animal portraits from the Berlin Zoo.
For his newest series “Animal Stars,” Alexander von Reiswitz has managed to take his project of unusual animal imagery one step further: he has set off on a journey to create nine dramatic portraits of animals who may seem familiar from either film or television. The majority of these photographs were taken in animal training schools across Germany, where animals such as monkeys or lions are trained for their appearances in both television and movies. For example with the famous bear-trainer Dieter Kraml who works with and looks after she-bear Nora. It is important to notice that each and every one of von Reiswitz’s “celebrities” carries a name; a symbol of his deep respect and admiration for his subjects. So, we are pleased to present: Bonnie the eagle, Theo the owl, the lions Massai and Borani, Mogwai the serval, the tiger Dschandra, Odin the lynx, and Jeany the baboon.