Bernhard Hartmann was born in 1955 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and began working as a photographer for a major German newspaper at the age of 18. While earning his law degree, he taught himself the art of landscape and architectural photography. In addition to solo and group exhibitions his photos have appeared in international publications and won awards including Sony Awards, Epson International Pano Awards, and International Color Awards. Hartmann particularly enjoys photographing buildings devoted to the arts. He has created photo series of opera houses, theaters, and country estates. In 2016, Hartmann published his bestseller, Havana, with teNeues.