Philipp Rathmer (Germany)

Philipp Rathmer was born in Düsseldorf in 1968. This is also where he honed his photographic craftsmanship. Philipp lived in New York from 1993 through 1995, where he worked as Hannes Schmid’s assistant, among other things. Since then he resides in Hamburg, from where he ventures out on international assignments.
Besides advertising and editorial work, he has photographed a long list of celebrities (Lady Gaga, Christoph Walz, Juliette Lewis, Jogi Löw, Luciano Pavarotti, Tim Mälzer, Daniel Brühl, Vanessa Mae, Nick Carter, Jay-Z, Michael and Ralf Schumacher, Nico Rosberg …). In all of his work he always attempts to place the emphasis on the natural ways and peculiarities of his photographic subjects in his own special way.
While his work is very diverse it always retains its own style. Rathmer loves to play with light and to embark on new paths time and again. Philipp is a member of the BFF (Bund Freischaffender Foto-Designer – Association of Freelance Photo Designers).
Individual art shows:
2011 Chances, Hear the World, Galerie Flo Peters Hamburg
2005 Boxer Kids Cuba, Gastraum 4x Hamburg
2004 Nebenbei (By the Way), Gastraum 4x Hamburg
Group art shows:
2011 BFF Aufschlag, Westwerk, Hamburg
2010 On the Road, Cap San Diego, Hamburg
2009 Beautiful New World, BFF, Stuttgart
2009 Hommage to Irving Penn, Galerie Hiltawsky, Berlin
2008 Private, Museum für Arbeit Hamburg
2007 Berühmt (Famous), Martin-Gropius_Bau Berlin
2006 Berühmt (Famous), Gruner & Jahr Pressehaus, Hamburg
2005 Wangenrot (Blush), Kunsthaus Hamburg
2003 Thai Cong, My Parents, Klaus Engelhorn Wien
2002 Thai Cong, My Parents, Kunsthaus, Hamburg
2002 Beat It 2, Kampnagel, Hamburg


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