Grand Central Terminal, New York, Pigment Print, 1997, 180 x 150 cm
The photographic work of the internationally well-known Austrian photographer Andreas H. Bitesnich (b. 1964) is captivating by its beauty and aesthetic sensitivity. His nude photography does not bring eroticism to the foreground but transforms the naked bodies of his models into sculptures.
Bitesnich leaves out anything redundant in order to intensify the balanced aesthetics of his work. Poses are elegant and appear leight.
In 1988, Bitesnich began to deal with photography as a 24 year old. Thus began his ten year long autodidactic training-on-the-job process. During this time he gained profound knowledge of photography and as a consequence set new standards in the genre of nude photography.
Bitesnich opts for reduction and models the body like a sculpture by using light and shade. He composes his photographies geometrically and develops very balanced image structures. Nonetheless, they do not come across in a harsh manner but are fully of emotion. Sometimes, it is a look or a gesture that indicates subtle signals.
Apart from nude photography and portraits at his studio, Bitesnich has a passion for street and travel photography. Both of these different genres complement each other in Bitesnich's work. He uses reduction in both cases, at the studio he reduces form while it is colour when travelling. Shadows have become increasingly deeper over the years and shades increasingly darker. The inspiration for Bitesnich’s travel photography does not result from photography itself but from the aesthetics of 'film noir'.