Harald Mante

About the Artist

Harald Mante was born in Berlin, Germany in 1936. He studied  graphic designArt — design — mostly for commercial purposes — for such things as logos, letterheads, packages, advertisements, poster, signage, books, Web pages, and other publications. (artlex.com)  and  paintingWorks of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is either a tightly stretched piece of canvas or a panel. How the ground (on which paint is applied) is prepared on the support depends greatly on the type of paint to be used. Paintings are usually intended to be placed in frames, and exhibited on walls, but there have been plenty of exceptions. Also, the act of painting, which may involve a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's other concerns which effect the content of a work. (Artlex.com)  at Wiesbaden, Germany. Mante started out as a travel photographer, publishing his work in numerous magazines and books. He then began teaching photographic design at Dortmund Polytechnic and at the European Academy of Fine Arts at Trier, Germany. He has also presented many seminars and workshops and authored textbooks on photography. His teaching is in the  traditionTradition is the passing along of a culture from generation to generation, especially orally. Or, a custom or set of customs handed down in this way. The idea of heritage is related to that of tradition. Any activity — as a pattern of celebration, ritual, or other behaviour, etc. — is traditional once it is a precedent influencing comparable activities in the future. (Artlex.com)  of the Bauhaus school of design, applying image and  colourProduced by light of various wavelengths, and when light strikes an object and reflects back to the eyes. Colour is an element of art with three properties: (1) hue or tint, the colour name, e.g., red, yellow, blue, etc.: (2) intensity, the purity and strength of a colour, e.g., bright red or dull red; and (3) value, the lightness or darkness of a colour. When the spectrum is organized as a color wheel, the colours are divided into groups called primary, secondary and intermediate (or tertiary) colours; analogous and complementary, and also as warm and cool colours. Colours can be objectively described as saturated, clear, cool, warm, deep, subdued, grayed, tawny, mat, glossy, monochrome, multicolored, particolored, variegated, or polychromed. Some words used to describe colours are more subjective (subject to personal opinion or taste), such as: exciting, sweet, saccharine, brash, garish, ugly, beautiful, cute, fashionable, pretty, and sublime. Sometimes people speak of colours when they are actually refering to pigments, what they are made of (various natural or synthetic substances), their relative permanence, etc. (Artlex.com)   compositionArrangements of elements in a work of art.  concepts to photography.

In 1978 Mante was a guest professor of photography at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, which may explain how the Mendel Art Gallery acquired Sonnenuntergang (Mante’s artwork presented here on the ARTSask website) for its collection. Mante continues to teach at the European Academy of Fine Arts and to offer seminars. His photographic works are held in museums and private collections worldwide, and he is highly regarded as an authority on photography. English-speaking photographers eagerly await publication of his books in English.

Mante is well-known for his use of  colourProduced by light of various wavelengths, and when light strikes an object and reflects back to the eyes. Colour is an element of art with three properties: (1) hue or tint, the colour name, e.g., red, yellow, blue, etc.: (2) intensity, the purity and strength of a colour, e.g., bright red or dull red; and (3) value, the lightness or darkness of a colour. When the spectrum is organized as a color wheel, the colours are divided into groups called primary, secondary and intermediate (or tertiary) colours; analogous and complementary, and also as warm and cool colours. Colours can be objectively described as saturated, clear, cool, warm, deep, subdued, grayed, tawny, mat, glossy, monochrome, multicolored, particolored, variegated, or polychromed. Some words used to describe colours are more subjective (subject to personal opinion or taste), such as: exciting, sweet, saccharine, brash, garish, ugly, beautiful, cute, fashionable, pretty, and sublime. Sometimes people speak of colours when they are actually refering to pigments, what they are made of (various natural or synthetic substances), their relative permanence, etc. (Artlex.com)  in photography. When film photography was first introduced, the pictures were all sepia-toned; eventually, true black-and-white and later colour were introduced. Mante often takes advantage of this by shooting vibrantly-coloured scenes, and then increasing the  saturationA colour's purity of hue; its intensity. A pure hue has the highest saturation. A brilliant colour is strongly saturated, and also very light in value. A deep colour is also highly saturated, but has little lightness. A pale colour is little saturated and has great lightness. Value and saturation are not constantly related.  (Artlex.com)  (amount of colour) in the image during developing. In his work Sonnenuntergang, we can see that although the sunset produced only a few colours – all shades of yellows and oranges - the images are still very saturated with colour.

 


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