Burkhard von Harder

Burkhard von Harder was born on the isle of sylt (1954), taking up photography at an early age (8). After studying film at Tisch / NYU (1977/78) he was invited by Prof. Willy Fleckhaus to join his class in Wuppertal (Bergische Universitaet) as guest student, a break through experience cut short by the untimely death of his great teacher (1982/83). Meandering between film and photography since Harder began researching and developing personal artistic projects (Swimmers (1984/1987) focusing on German history and guilt (Fatherpictures (2001/2005) / Panorama for Lithuania (2005/2008) / Narbe Project / Scar Project (2009/2014) / Cold War in a Trash Bag (Ukraine/Germany, 2010)). 

From 2013 on he realised several exhibitions and projects in China (24 FPS / Untitled Filmscrolls, Beijing 2015/18 // Black Box Shenzhen, 2018). His most recent work leaves concrete content more and more behind to reflect on perception itself (Images before they become Images : Bodhgaya 2019/2021), experimenting with different material (sedimentations / melting ice cubes / ashes), trying out new media (handknotted carpets). It is the viewer who creates the image in his mind, no viewer, no image. 

Works in private and public collections. 

Participant at conventions:

  • ACCIDENT ON THE HIPPIE TRAIL i.e. THE BIG DISTRACTION, presenter, DNK Deutsches Nationalkomitee fuer Denkmalschutz, Akademie der Schoenen Kuenste/Dresden, Oct. 7, 2011

  • THE ART OF PUBLIC MEMORY: NARBE BERLIN, presenter, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, April 2011

Publications (texts on Burkhard von Harder - selection):

  • RADICAL ARCHIVES by Sarah James, FRIEZE d/e Magazine, 2015

  • EVERYONE IS THE ENTIRE HUMANKIND, catalogue text by Mianbu (curator/poet) on the 16 hour project NARBE DEUTSCHLAND by Burkhard von Harder, Being3 Gallery, Beijing 2014

  • THE IMAGES THEY LEFT BEHIND, Int. New York Times, Aug 14, 2014

  • BLACK AND WHITE ATLANTIS, text by Oksana Zabushko on the anonymous Ukrainian negatives by Burkhard von Harder, 2013

  • DER VERSUCH ZU VERSTEHEN - DIE FOTOINSTALLATION PANORAMA FORT IX/LITAUEN VON BURKHARD VON HARDER, Text Nicole Graner, SZ vom 19.12.2012

  • ARCHIVE MIRROR BY BURKHARD VON HARDER, Text by Sarah James, PHOTOWORKS #18 - 5/2012

  • COLD WAR IN A TRASH BAG, Text: Karl E. Johnson, EYEMAZING Magazine 1/2012, by Anonymous/Burkhard von Harder

  • FOTOGRAFIE UND ERINNERUNG: DIE FOTO-BILDNISSE VON BURKHARD VON HARDER, Text von Christian d’Orville, Artlover 05/2011, Galerie Christian Pixis/Muenchen

  • ERINNERUNGEN AN AFGHANISTAN, Text F. Adler, Juni/Juli 2009, SCHWARZWEISS 70 (Magazine for Photography)

  • Prof. Joern Merkert: text unvollendet (unpublished), 2007

  • DIE SCHEMEN DES URSPRUNGS. ZU DEN FOTOGRAFISCHEN BILDERN VON BURKHARD VON HARDER, Text: Bernard Marcade, 2002 (unpublished)

  • SWIMMERS, Catalogue, Burkhard von Harder: Portraits of People in German Bathing Houses, Text: Andy Grundberg, Goethe Institute, New York, 2001

Publications (works by Burkhard von Harder - selection):

  • CONVEYOR Magazin #7, 2015 (Decaying History by Liz Sales)

  • NARBE DEUTSCHLAND, Exhibition Catalogue Being3 Gallery, Beijing China, 2014

  • INT. NEW YORK TIMES, PAGE TWO (The Images they left behind), 8/14/2014

  • ARCHIVE MIRROR BY BURKHARD VON HARDER, Text by Sarah James, PHOTOWORKS #18 - 5/2012

  • COLD WAR IN A TRASH BAG, Text: Karl E. Johnson, EYEMAZING Magazine 1/2012, by Anonymous/Burkhard von Harder

  • THE UNSEEN EYE. Photographs from the Unconscious. The WM Hunt / Collection, Burkhard von Harder: Man on the Diving Board, 1985, Aperture/Thames & Hudson, London/NY, 2011

  • PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE ART OF DIGITAL PRINTING, Nash Editions, Burkhard von Harder: Frontispiz and page 206, Graham Nash (Hg.), Berkeley, CA 2006

  • DER VERTRAG, Exhibition Catalogue, Burkhard von Harder. Galerie am Ratswall, Bitterfeld, 2005

  • IMAGES, Exhibition Catalogue, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö 1997

  • Varanasi, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Magazin, 1987

  • INDIA POR BURKHARD PHILIPP HARDER, Irisfoto no. 552, April/Mai 1992, page 16-25

  • ROBERTO BURLE MARX: UMA FLOR DE PESSOA, Vogue Brasil, Vogue Special Edition : Cover and 30 Page spread, text: Fernando Gabeira, photographs: Burkhard von Harder, page 76-107, Nr. 139, February 1987

  • INDIA POR BURKHARD PHILIPP HARDER, Irisfoto no. 552, April/Mai 1992, page 16-25

  • Schwimmer II, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Magazin, 1986

  • Schwimmer, Zeit-Magazin, 1986

  • Hansa Varietee Hamburg, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Magazin, 1983

  • Der Wiener Ring, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Magazin, 1983

  • Cafe Greco, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Magazin, 1983

  • 50 JAHRE FARBFOTOGRAFIE, Manfred Heiting Hrsg, photokina, 1986

  • DAS DEUTSCHE LICHTBILD, Wolf Strache/Otto Steinert (Hg.), S. 147: Burkhard von Harder: Drei Phasen eines Zuges, DSB, Stuttgart 1973