- 2009 | World Press Photo Award for the photograph "Mountain of Hell"
- 2003 | Photo Book Prize for the book "Ghost Towns of the American West
- 2001 | BFF Nachwuchsförderpreis
- 2001 | Art Directors Club Germany. Young Talent Award. Special Prize for Photography
- 1998 | Award at the Reinhard Wolf Prize Germany. British Abbeys
- 1997 | Award at the Reinhard Wolf Prize Germany. 2nd prize for Bedrooms
- 1996 | Kodak Young Talent Prize Germany. Beedrooms
- 1996 | Award at the Reinhard Wolf Prize Germany. Beedrooms
- 1995 | Award at the German Photo Prize. Beedrooms
Berthold Steinhilber, born in 1968, is a photographer based in Stuttgart, Germany.
He is widely known for his landscape work and his distinctive lighting technique.
His Lightworks Photographs (Ghost Towns, British Abbeys etc.) have attracted a growing international audience. He uses artificial light in documentary photography to illuminate whole landscapes and sceneries.
A great part of his photography is concentrated on the change of places and landscapes by humans and the traces they left behind. Berthold Steinhilber won several awards for his photography (a World Press award in 2009, a German book award for "Ghost Towns of the American West", Kodak Young Talent Award, Reinhof Wolf Award…).
He studied photography at the FH Dortmund and the College of Arts in Falmouth and works today for German and international clients and his work is shown in various exhibitions.
1. WICH IS THE CENTRAL QUESTION IN YOUR LIFE AS A PHOTOGRAPHER?
The Mystery of a good picture.
2. WHO ARE THE PHOTOGRAPHERS / OR OTHER ARTISTS THAT INSPIRE YOU?
It is nearly impossible to not be influenced by other photographers. In the beginning of my career I was quite impressed by Eugène Atget and the artists Otto Dix and Jan van Eyck.
3. WHAT MAKES AN EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPHER?
The own and personnel view on the planet and the ability to transform this into the pictures that are not only duplicates of the reality but also self-standing arts.
4. WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT DECIDING TO BECOME A FULL-TIME PHOTOGRAPHER?
To not have become an historian.
5. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU IN YOUR WORK AND WHAT IS DEMOTIVATING?
Nature and the passion for my photographic issues are my motivation. Demotivating is bad equipment.
6. WHAT ARE THE MOST PASSIONATE MOMENTS IN YOUR WORK?
To be on the road, out in the field…
7. WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES IN YOUR WORK?
To withstand all daily temptations to get off track.
8. HOW DID YOU DEVELOP YOUR ARTISTRY?
To shoot, to reflect, to shoot, to reflect etc…
9. WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR PERSONAL LEARNING IN PHOTOGRAPHY THAT YOU WOULD CONVEY TO A "NOVICE"?
It is important to listen carefully to yourself and find out what you really want. And then to focus on your goal.
10. WHICH ARE THE DRIVING FORCES FOR YOU PERSONALLY AND IN YOUR WORK?
My love to taking pictures.
11. WHICH FEELINGS DETERMINE YOUR WORK WHEN OUT IN THE FIELD?
Cold, heat, moisture, tiredness, thirst, desperation, confidence, joy.
12. ON WHICH CRITERIA DO YOU JUDGE YOUR OWN WORK AS SUCCESSFUL?
If the photographs are meaningful for me even after years.
13. YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK AND THE BEAUTY OF OUR PLANET, NATURE: WHAT CONNECTION DO YOU SEE?
14. ASSUMING YOU WOULD HAVE 15 MINUTES ON A TV BROADCAST AND PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD COULD LISTEN AND UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WERE SAYING, WHAT WOULD BE THE CORE OF YOUR MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE?
Monty Python says it: “Always look on the bright side of life!”
»It is important to listen carefully to yourself and find out what you really want. And then to focus on your goal. This is one of my key principles on my photographic way«.