Pope Benedict in Munich

February 15, 2014

New tearsheets

Two photographs about RITUALS in
magazine January 2014, p. 119, 123

magazine JOURNALIST Portrait Jörg Thadeusz

Portrait of Jörg Thadeusz - anchorman of RBB. in Journalist, Nov. 2013, S. 42-49

March 24, 2014

Zack, rums, knuff

New publication: Recep Tayyip Erdogan in TAZ
The Lord - Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Cologne, Germany.
Daily newspaper taz March, 24, 2014, p. 1

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September 11, 2014

Mensch und Arbeit (Man at Work)

As a part of the international Photoscene Cologne shows the Kunstverein 68elf e.V. in the Museum Zündorfer Wehrturm about 40 photographic positions.
The exhibition examines the relationship of today's people to work in the mirror of photography in documentary as well as in artistic form.

From the series ofOskar Lafontaine WAHL KAMPF RITUAL four photographs will be shown.

Special event on September 20, 2014: Anke Reitz, curator and Conservator of the family of man in the castle of Clervaux, Luxembourg, speaks about "Edward Steichen's curation - today an option?" followed by a discussion.

Exhibition: September 14 - October 5, 2014
Museum Zündorfer Wehrturm, Hauptstraße 181, 51143 Cologne, Germany

BischofsringDeichtorhallen Augen Auf!

October 17, 2014

Five photographs/vintages of DAS KÖLNER HEIL (Cologne Salvation) will be exhibited in EYES WIDE OPEN - 100 YEARS OF LEICA PHOTOGRAPHY at DEICHTORHALLEN in Hamburg, Germany.

The exhibition illuminates across fourteen chapters various aspects of recent small-format photography, from journalistic strategies to documentary approaches and free artistic positions. Among many other artists whose work will be shown are Alexander Rodchenko, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Hermann Claasen, Christer Strömholm, Robert Frank, Ulrich Mack, Bruce Davidson, William Klein, William Eggleston, Rudi Meisel, René Burri, Barbara Klemm, Robert Lebeck, Jeff Mermelstein, Joel Meyerowitz, László Moholy-Nagy, Inge Morath, Sebastiáo Salgado, Eugene Smith, Thomas Höpker, Bruce Gilden, Alex Webb.

Some 500 photographs, supplemented by documentary material, including journals, magazines, books, advertisements, brochures, camera prototypes and films, will recount the history of small-format photography from its beginnings to the present day. The exhibition, which is curated by Hans-Michael Koetzle, follows the course of technological change and photographic history. Trailer

Following its premiere in the House of Photography at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the exhibition will travel to Frankfurt, Berlin, Vienna and Munich. A book will be published at Kehrer Verlag. Edited by Hans-Michael Koetzle.

Haus der Photographie Deichtorhallen
Deichtorstraße 1-2, 20095 Hamburg, Germany
October 24, 2014 - January 11, 2015 | Tue-Sun: 1pm-6pm

Jürgen Trittincatholic processionAnchorman Jörg ThadeuszAnchorman Jörg ThadeuszJörg ThadeuszAnchorman Jörg Thadeusz
January 11, 2014
Panel discussion and presentations

The power of images
- Dimensions of photography

On Saturday, the 11th of January 2014, the Catholic Academy Schwerte invites of the 40th artists meeting. The program of the day includes a tour of the exhibition with the curator Prof. Stefanie Lieb.
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schaden will give a lectureExhibition Macht und Ritual in Schwerte with the theme: „Image, Power, Rituals. Notes on a precarious reception and sphere of activity of the present".
Then, Prof. Stefanie Lieb moderated the Panel discussion with the topic: „The Power of photographic images". The participants are Bernd Arnold (photographer), Joachim Frank (chief correspondent of the DuMont Media Group) and Prof. Dr. Christoph Schaden (Professor of image science, TH Nuremberg).

Christ & Welt / ZEIT about Macht & Ritual
"Unterwerft euch!" October 31, 2013, pages 1-5.

Exhibition: November 3, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Katholische Akademie Schwerte
Bergerhofweg 24, 58239 Schwerte, Germany

Angela Merkel
July 1, 2013

New Portraits

Portrait of the economic specialist Reiner Will (r.) for the magazine Capital. The topic: Life Insurance
Capital 1/2013, p.5.

Anchorman Tedros Teclebhran Tedros Teclebhran is a star at YouTube. Now he starting his career as an anchorman in television ZDFneo. A portrait for the German daily newspaper taz.

August 7, 2013

New publications

Mein Boss ist Gott
Cover of the Cologne monthly magazine Stadtrevue with the title "My boss is god". A story about catholic employer. (l.)
Stadtrevue June 2013, p. 1

Portrait Karl Lamers
The portraits of the German politician Larl Lamers (r.) are photographed in assignment for the French magazine L'Express. The topic was the relationship between France and Germany.
L'Express, June 2013, p. 6-10

August 8, 2013

Rituals of election campaigns

In this year a small part of the serie "Wahlkampfrituale" will be exhibited at the photofestival Wiesbadener Fototage. The election campaigns of the German Bundestag are photographed since 1986. A monograph will be published in Autumn 2013. More information will come up later.
On the left side chancellor Angela Merkel, 2013.

Exhibition September 7-22, 2013, Fri-Sun 1-6pm
Kunsthaus Wiesbaden, Schulberg 10 and at other places in Wiesbaden.

Neuigkeiten aus dem Jahr 2013

November 5, 2013

This monograph shows the rituals of German election campaigns since 1984. Eight elections of the years 1984 to 2013 are featured in 113 photographs. The chancellors are Willy Brandt, book WAHL KAMPF RITUAL Monograph Bernd ArnoldHelmut Schmidt, Helmut Kohl, Gerhard Schröder, Angela Merkel and the challengers are Franz Josef Strauss, Hans Jochen Vogel, Johannes Rau, Oskar Lafontaine, Rudolf Scharping, Edmund Stoiber, Frank Walter Steinmeier and Peer Steinbrück.

Text: Christoph Schaden.
Design: Knut Schötteldreier
German Language,
Hardcover, 17x25cm, 192 pages,
113 photographs (Duotone) and 10 illustrations.
Published by Edition Panorama, Mannheim 2013.
ISBN 978-3-89823-473-3

More information?

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photo archive bernd arnold

June 10, 2013

Vintage Prints, Licenses, Right Managments and Downloads International are available via Photoshelter.

Maiwald projections - Digitalis
April 24, 2013

New Works

Maiwald - Alternate projections to get patience # 1-7 (l.)

Mimesis - Dark mass, bizarre situations,Mimesis - carnival shadowy portraits and questionable details vary between the real and the fictional.For the outside observer, it could be almost impossible to distinguish between the people of the everyday life and the masked ones. Street Photography of deceptive gamers at carnival in Cologne, Germany. A new part of the cycle "Black East Wild West" (r.)

Mimesis carnivalMimesis carnival
March 25, 2013

New Publication

Global Coffee Review
A portrait about the chairman of the 4C association Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa. Photographed for the Australian magazine Global Coffee Review 1/2013 p. 1, 10-14lawyers NSU Beate Zschäpe

Anja Sturm, Wolfgang Heer und Wolfgang Stahl, a heavy Court process expected the lawyers of the alleged right terrorist Beate Zschäpe. A portrait photographed for the German magazine Der Spiegel 6/2013, p. 46-47

Global Coffee Review Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa

January 19, 2012

New Portraits

Portrait of the german comedian Serdar Somuncu in
the daily newspaper taz Jan 12, 2011.

Der Spielverderber
. A portrait of the journalist
and doping expert Hajo Seppelt in Journalist 12/2011, p. 30-35.Journalist Michel Friedmann

Portrait of Michel Friedmann in Journalist 1/2012, p. 50-55.

Portrait of Dr. Manfred Schneider - Bayer AG
in the magazine Capital 2/2012, p. 64-68.

Journalist Hajo Seppelt
November 11, 2012

New portraits

Portrait Titanic chief editor Leo Fischer (l.) for magazine Journalist 10/2012, p. 38-44.

Anchorman Jan Böhmermann (b.) for magazine Journalist 11/2012, p. 48-52.

Frank Wingold Clairvoyance - CD Cover for one of best european jazzguitarists - Frank Wingold (r.)

Portrait anchorman Jan Böhmermann
Helmut Thoma Portrait

July 7, 2012

New portraits

Portrait of Helmut Thoma (l.), the former manager of the television group RTL for magazine Journalist 6/2012, p. 20-25.

Musician Thomas D. (r.) for the daily newspaper Taz.

April 2, 2012

New portraits

Portraits of Asset Managers Kurt von Storch (r.) and Karsten Tripp in economic magazine Capital 4/2012, p. 6, 114-116.

Portrait of the president of European Court Of Auditors President European Court Of Auditors Vitor Caldeira in CapitalVitor Caldeira (b.) in his office in Luxembourg for the economic magazine Capital 4/2012, p. 52-53.

Journalist Workaholic Arbeitssucht

May 5, 2012


Illustration about workaholics in journalism. "Diagnose Workaholic".
Published in magazine Journalist 5/2012, p. 01, 14-20.

November 19, 2012

Helmut Kohl in L`Europeo

Two images of former german chancellor Helmut Kohl from the serie "Rituals of election campaigns" are published in the italian magazine L´Europeo. 11/2012, p. 102, 150.

>Vintage L´Europeo Helmut Kohl
Vintage L´Europeo Helmut Kohl
Neues im Jahr 2012
Portrait editor Titanic - Leo FischerPortrait editor Titanic - Leo FischerFrank Wingold ClairvoyanceHelmut Thoma PortraitMusician Thomas DMusician Thomas DMusician Thomas DMusician Thomas DAsset Manager Kurt von Storch in CapitalAsset Manager Karsten Tripp in CapitalMusician Serdar SomuncuManager CEO Bayer AG Manfred SchneiderManager CEO Bayer AG Manfred Schneider Interview and Portrait
News Year 2011
second world war german veteransecond world war german veteransecond world war german veteransecond world war german veteransecond world war german veteraninvitation exhibition Wahlkampfrituale in GIM Galerie im Medienhavenartist portrait Kunsthaus Rhenania Stefan Krachtenartist portrait Kunsthaus Rhenania Alberto Laresartist portrait Kunsthaus Rhenania Stefan Krachtenartist portrait Kunsthaus Rhenania Elke Kimartist portrait Kunsthaus Rhenania Alberto Laresartist portrait Kunsthaus Rhenania Patrizia Marcheseportrait author Buddemusician portrait  Joachim Schoeneckerportrait David Bergerportrait artist Stephen Prina during the Kunstfilmbiennale in Cologne, Germanycinema portrait Robert Cibis

GEO Word War German Soldier Veteran

September 20, 2011

On assignment for the French magazine GEO HISTOIRE, 9/2011, p. 24-31. Portraits of German veterans of worldwar II.

September 10, 2011

Vintage Prints, Licenses, Right Managments and Downloads International are available via Photoshelter.

October 10, 2011Steidl Deutschland im Fotobuch Das Kölner Heil

Deutschland im Fotobuch

Steidl Verlag published a book about photographers books about Germany of the years 1915-2009. There are described about 287 books. One of them is Das Kölner Heil.
Grafikdesign Winfried Heininger. Publisher Christoph und Markus Schaden. Schaden Publishing House, Cologne, 1997.

August 18, 2011


in Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne, Germany.
The election campaigns for the Bundestag are an ideal occasion to explore strategies of production and self-production across all political parties. The years of 1984-2009 will be exhibited for the first time.

Open: September 9-25, 2011, Wed-Fri 3-7pm and Sat-Sun 1-6pm. Kunsthaus Rhenania, Bayenstrasse 28, 50678 Köln.

Portraitserie XIII - Artists of Kunsthaus Rhenania. (work in progress)

August 15, 2011art festival Strom Kunsthaus Rhenania

Portraitserie XIII

at Kunstfestival STROM.
The Art-Festival STROM of Kunsthaus Rhenania in Cologne (Germany) is a show of contemporary art. STROM is a cooperation with guest artists. The programm included installations, experiemtal music, performance multimedia, film painting and photography. The part of photography will show the topic "Portraits of artist" Photographs from Dirk Reinartz, Rudi Meisel, Bernd Arnold (Portraitserie XIII), Michael Oreal, Attila Kleb, Csaba Peter Racozcy, Dirk Gebhardt und Markus Lokai.

Exhibition September 1-4, 2011 Fri 15-3 h, Sat 12-3 h, Sun 12-22 h
Kunsthaus Rhenania, Bayenstrasse 28, 50678 Cologne, Germany.

June 3, 2011

VI. Mének-patak International Festival of Photography

Das Kölner Heil and Nacht im Milieu - Night on Demimonde will be exhibited at the International Photofestival in Szécsény in Hungary. Other exhibiting artists are Attila Kleb, G.M.B. Abash, Anna Fabricius, Stan Raucher, Gyula Zarand and others.

June 10 to July 30, 2011, daily open 10am to 6pm except mondays. Hungary, Szécsény, Ady Endre utca 10

Einladung Wahlkampfrituale in GIM Galerie im Medienhaven

April 18, 2011
Two exhibitions in Bremen.

Wahlkampfrituale (Rituals of Election Campaigns) in GIM Galerie im Medienhaven. A catalogue will be published (num/limited 100) .

GIM Galerie im Medienhaven, Humboldtstr. 6, 28203 Bremen, Germany. Open: April 26 to June 17, 2011, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

Some photographs of Power and Ritual will be exhibited at the Art Festival Kunstfrühling 2011.
Kunstfrühling 2011, Gleishalle am Güterbahnhof, Beim Handelsmuseum 9, 28195 Bremen.

Open: May 6 to June 5, 2011. Daily 11am-8pm.

January 15, 2011

New portraits

Nadia Budde (author), Joachim Schoenecker (musician), David Berger (author), Stephen Prina (artist) and Robert Cibis (filmmaker).

More new portraits and vintages

News Year 2010
April 14, 2010

Open studios

In the south of Cologne the studios of many artists will open all day long. Bernd Arnold shows some Vintage Prints of the 80´.

Exhibition in Kunsthaus Rhenania,
Bayenstrasse 28, 50678 Köln, Open Sa 1.5 and Su 2.5.2010, 14-18h.

Katrin Bauerfeind portraitdas kölner heilPortraitserie II Tom
September 10, 2010

Im Glanze Dieses Glückes II

During the 20th International Photoszene in Cologne again there is an exhibition in the Arthouse Rhenania (Kunsthaus Rhenania). In photograpraphic essays and portraits Cologne artists take a look at their "Heimat".
The artists are Bernd Arnold, Dirk Gebhardt, David Klammer, Markus Lokai, Michael Oreal, Heiko Specht and Wolfgang Zurborn.

Special: Lounge with live music
Tue Sept 21, 8pm: Thomas Müller (p)
Wed Sep. 22, 8.30pm: Kasabami Jazzett
Fri Sept 24, 8pm: Kristina Brodersen/Tobias Weindorf Quartett with Kristina Brodersen (sax), Tobias Weindorf (p), Christian Ramond (bass) and Hendrik Soll (dr).

Opening: September 21, 2011, 8pm.
Open:Sept. 21-26, 2011, Wed-Sat: 3-9pm, Sun: 11am-3pm. Kunsthaus Rhenania, Bayenstr. 28, 50678 Köln, Germany.

September 19, 2010

An ordinary day in Germany

On May 7, 2010 travelled 432 photographers throughout Germany. It was an ordinary day without An ordinary day in Germany bookany big news.
A politician fought himself through the election campaign rally two days before the regional elections in North Rhine Westphalia. It is one of the last passionate speeches of Oskar Lafontaine as a party leader. In the pouring rain, the respond is not entirely enthusiastic.

das kölner heilApril 12, 2010

Dunkelfeld - Fotografische Positionen zu Gewalt, Tod und Krieg

with works of Bianca Patricia, Bernd Arnold (Das Kölner Heil), Patrik Budenz, Ralf Meyer and Frank Rothe.

Galerie Altes Rathaus Musberg
Filderstraße 44, 70771 LE-Musberg. 16.4.-30.5.2010.

Take a look at the edition »Sakrament und Sünde«, published by Van der Grinten.

photogram Vintages 1983

January 9, 2010

Prints and Vintages

are online available. These are prints developed by the artist during the years 1983-2004.

Prints und Vintages

Ernstings Family in Financial Times

Jugendkreuzweg 2010

February 10, 2010
New publications:
Stages of the "Way of the Cross" 2010 a series of posters.Computacenter Competence Guide

The broschure Computacenter Competence Guide is a portrait of one of the biggest IT Companies in Europe. Also just published is a feature about the fashion company "Ernstings Family" for Financial Times Deutschland p. 6-11.

News Year 2009

November 19, 2009

The Zone at the Paris Photo 09

Gallery Kudlek van der Grinten.
Booth B40, Carroussel du Louvre, Paris,
19. - 22.11.2009

Black East East Germany

November 6, 2009

All Night Long

In the group show "NACHTS" the foto essay Black East will be exhibited for the first time. This story takes a dark view at the east German cityscapes. Work in progress.

Kunsthaus Rhenania Bayenstr. 28, 50678 Cologne /Germany. Saturday All Night Long Open Museums in November 7, 2009.

September 22, 2009

New on this website:
Rituals of Election Campaign 1986-2009 (part of the cycle Power and Ritual)
Angela Merkel CDU 2009 chancelor election campaigns
The election campaigns for the Bundestag are an ideal occasion to explore strategies of production and self-production across all political parties.

July 7, 2009

Christopher Street Day

Cologne Pride Christopher Street DayIn 1969 there were the first protests of homosexuals at Christopher Street in New York. The first CSD parade in Cologne took place in 1991 - with an audiance of only 500 people. Today came about 700.000 visitors to watch the biggest Christopher Street Day Parade in Germany.

April 4, 2009
A project talk about
»Macht und Ritual« (Power and Ritual) is published in The Sonic Blog.

Siegfried Lenz Deutschstunde la lecon d´allemand

March 30, 2009
New publication:
Bookcover of "German Lesson"
from Siegfried Lenz.
Published by Robert Laffont
in France.

January 28, 2009Jazzguitarists Peter Bernstein and Joachim Schoenecker


brochure about the making of the Apokalypse window in Cologne cathedral, sponsored by the bank Sal Oppenheim.


of the jazz guitarists Joachim Schoenecker and Peter Bernstein.

Die ZoneBlack East East GermanyBlack East - East GermanyBlack East - East GermanyBlack East - East GermanyFrank Walter Steinmeier SPD 2009 election campaignsJürgen Trittin Die Grünen 2009 Wahlkampfritualeforeign minister Guido WesterwelleCSD Christopher Street DaySal Oppenheim Cologne cathedral BrochureDomfenster craftsman art

January 25, 2008
The New York based jazzpianist Jim Beard photographed for his new CD "Revolution".
Downloads und Vintages

Leisure Minx

January 17, 2008

The cover photography for the new CD "in the backyards of our soul" of Martina Gassmann & Frank Wingold

Moby musician and producer

March 6, 2008


the New York based musician and producer published in NZZ am Sonntag.
Download und Vintages

May 12, 2008

Open studios

In the south of Cologne the studios of many artists will open all day long at May 18, 2008.
The photographer (see on the right side) will welcome you in his accustomed friendly manner. More info about the artists house Kunsthaus Rhenania.

May 28, 2008

Sigmar Gabriel

(minister of environment)

during the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD 2008 in Bonn. During the convention Greenpeace demonstrated in the early morning. About 50 activists set ablaze a tree stump from the Amazon rainforest, on the Rhine River. Greenpeace is demanding 2 billion Euro per year from the German government to protect the last remaining ancient rainforests.

September 10, 2008

VISUM - In the Glory of this Happiness

New Works exhibition during the Photokina from September 20 until Sept 28: Rhenania, Bayenstr. 28, 50678 Cologne. 14 Visum photographers will present their latest work on 'International Photo scene Cologne' in the hall of the Rhenania Arthouse. Die Zone streetphotography
The Zone is the second part of a new cycle (first part The Portal). The new essay the zone moves on the courses of glory and happiness. This pictures will be exhibited the first time during the Photokina.

Sept 20, 2008, 8 p.m. Vernissage; Mon-Fri 3 - 8 p.m; Friday Special: 8 p.m. CD Release Concert featuring Frank Wingold (git) and Martina Gassmann (voc); Sat, September 27. Finissage and Special Jazz Jam-Session.

November 20, 2008Neulich am Rande der Strasse

Neulich am Rande der Straße...

is the latest work of the cycle Digitalis. The group exhibition Variety Of Kinds will show the latest works of variuos artist in the hall of the Rhenania Arthouse.

Kunsthaus Rhenania Bayenstr. 28, 50678 Cologne. The exhibition will open from Nov 22 until Dec 5, 2008. Nov 21, 2008, 7 p.m. Vernissage; Mon-Fri 5 - 8 p.m; Sat-Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Finissage Dec 5, 7p.m. with Christian Saettele Quartett feat. Brigitta Lorenz.

December 23, 2008

Mord ohne Mörder

On assignment for DIE ZEIT
Scene of a negotiation between the politicians Kurt Beck, Franz Müntefering and Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Two days later Kurt Beck was disposed and the german socialist party drifted into difficult times.

News Year 2008
Die Zeit Hotel Koenigshof Die Zone streetphotographythe Zone streetphotographyDie Zone streetphotographySigmar Gabriel SPD PortraitPortrait Sigmar Gabriel SPDGreenpeace UN DemoPortrait Sigmar Gabriel SPDBernd Arnold selfportraitMoby musician and producerJim Beard musian portraitJim Beard musian portrait
noArte Bischofsring
November 14, 2007

Power and Ritual

will be shown at the Museo Su Palatu in Villanova/Sardegna. The exhibition will be open until january 2008. Other artists are Mario Dondero, Attila Kleb, Judith Horváth, György Stalter & Judit Horváth.

24.11.2007-27.1.2008 in SU PALATU Villanova Monteleone, open tue-sun 16-20h.


October 14, 2007
Power and Ritual will be shown at the NoArte Festival in Museo del Crudo in San Sperate/Sardegna. The exhibition will be open till november 2007. Other artists are Attila Kleb and Mamikon Yengibarian.

SAP Florence Wibowo

November 5, 2007
On assignment of SAP about the new Security Campaign...

August 1, 2007

Annual Report Sal. Oppenheim

A documentation about daily life and work of Sal. Oppenheim in Prague, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Zurich and Cologne.

Sal Oppenheim Annual Report 2005Sal Oppenheim Annual Report 2005
Janunary 1, 2007

Katrin Bauerfeind

Moderator of web based tv show "Ehrensenf" published in taz.
Portrait Katrin Bauerfeind

February 22, 2007

André Rieu

in front of his castle.
Published in Neue Züricher Zeitung.
Downloads und Vintages portrait musician andré rieu

March 2, 2007Tüv Rheinland Yokohame Wahlkampfrituale

Macht und Ritual - Power and Ritual

A collection of black and white images captures the most diverse ceremonies and rituals: religious, profane, political and nonsensical. The Catholic church is seen as a system of salvation, politicians as purveyors of rhetoric and the media as a tool to manipulate consumers... The exhibition shows an undistorted reflection of the exploitation human vulnerability.
The exhibition will be open from the 15th of March until the 17th of May 2007.

TüV Rheinland Forum, Shin Yokohama Daini Center Bldg. 1F, 3-19-5 Shin Yokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 222-0033. Under patronage of Goethe Institut and Curator Gero Furchheim.

"To say that classic, analog photography registers the surface of the visible world with astounding precision is no doubt correct in a physical sense. But it probably does not mark the boundaries of a camera art that claims, as it were, to look ‘behind the scenes’. This is exactly the intent of photographer Bernd Arnold from Cologne, whose particular concerns are those fields where conscious acting, the deliberate donning of a mask, is, in a manner of speaking, a ‘sine qua non’. To begin with, Arnold was interested in the rites and rituals of the Catholic church, but rapidly extended his radius to the fields of politics and media and – using a black-and-white photographic form that is as intelligent as it is atmospherically dense-showed how critical documentary photography might look today."

Michael Koetzle about ‘Macht und Ritual’ cycle, 1986-2004.

June 6, 2007

Is our world a telly?

published in the new online magazine lunatic#1

July 10, 2007

Macht und Ritual - Power and ritual

A collection of black and white images captures the most diverse ceremonies and rituals: religious, profane, political and nonsensical. The exhibition will be in Landesvertretung Rheinland-Pfalz in Berlin under patronage of Leica Camera AG.

The exhibition will be open from the 15th of July until the 26th of August 2007. Landesvertretung Rheinland-Pfalz, In den Ministergärten 6, 10117 Berlin. Daily 10-20h.

News Year 2007
RTL Television, Peter Klöppel, Ulrike von der Gröbenmattscheibe
the Portal Parler Cologne Cathedral
Frank Wingold - Clairvoyance
January 20, 2006

Frank Wingold - Clairvoyance

CD Cover and Booklet about the Quartett of jazzguitarist Frank Wingold. Published by Konnex-Records 2005.

Macht und Ritual

February 8, 2006

Power and Ritual

This exhibition presents the german photographer Bernd Arnold. His collection of black and white images captures the most diverse ceremonies and rituals: religious, profane, political and nonsensical. The Catholic church is seen as a system of salvation, politicians as purveyors of rhetoric and the media as a tool to manipulate consumers... The exhibition shows an undistorted reflection of the exploitation human vulnerability.

Kölnisches Stadtmuseum Zeughausstr. 1-3, 50667 Köln. In cooperation with van der grinten galerie. The exhibition will be open from the 4th of March until 2nd of April 2006, Tue 10 a.m. to 8 p.m and Wed-Sun 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
Capital - Opus Dei

May 15, 2006

Opus Dei

published in CAPITAL 11/2006, a portrait of two members of Opus Dei.
Downloads und Vintages

Pope Benedict in Bavaria, Munich Airport, airplane alitalia

Pope Benedict XVI in Bavaria, Munich, Papamobil

September 10, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI.

in Bavaria, Germany. Take a look at the exhibition "Gott in Deutschland" during the Photokina, Cologne.

Kunsthaus Rhenania, Rheinauhafen, 50678 Köln.
Dauer 26.9.-1.10.2006.
November 10, 2006


new story on this site. The interface between the secular and the sacral. Since 500 years people at the West Portals of Cologne Cathedral move on the threshold between the worlds..."

the Portal Parler Cologne Cathedral

News Jahr 2006
News Year 2005
Rituale der Macht
September 23, 2005

Rituale der Macht

Portfolio about "Power and Ritual" in fotoMAGAZIN 10/2005, p.124-129

September 10, 2005

Wahlkampfrituale 05

Election campaign rituals 2005 The german election campaigns for the Bundestag are an ideal occasion to explore strategies of production and self-production across all political parties.

Die Zeit Gerhard Schroeder
July 28, 2005

24x36 - 50 Years Leica M

The idea behind the exhibition "24x30" was to mark the 50th anniversary of the Leica rangefinder system. Put together by Hans-Michael Koetzle, editor-in-chief of the Leica World magazine, the photo exhibition will present about 70 works of 19 international photographers. The selected photographers - including Jane Evelyn Atwood, Bruce Gilden, Jeff Mermelstein, Tomasz Tomaszewski, Alex Webb and Tom Wood.
Some photographs from the essay "Power and ritual" will be exhibited in New York.

Leica Gallery New York
/ 670 Broadway / New York City 10012 / Tel. 212.777.3051 on Thursday, September 8th, 2005 / Reception 6-8 pm. The show is running through October 1, 2005.
streephotography Bismarckstrasse

June 10, 2005

7. Internationale Fototage Mannheim/ Ludwigshafen

Two reportages will be exhibited from 16.6.-10.7. in Mannheim/Ludwigshafen Germany: "Zone Bismarckstrasse" and 30 photographs of "Power and Ritual".

streephotography Bismarckstrasse
News Year 2004
September 23, 2004

Election campaign

of the social democrats in Germany. A reportage about the decline of german socialists for STERN magazine.
Kommunalwahl SPD Senioren

April 11, 2004

Power and Ritual

This exhibition presents the german photographer Bernd Arnold. His collection of black and white images captures the most diverse ceremonies and rituals: religious, profane, political and nonsensical. The Catholic church is seen as a system of salvation, politicians as purveyors of rhetoric and the media as a tool to manipulate consumers... The exhibition shows an undistorted reflection of the exploitation human vulnerability. (Moc a rituál)

LGP - Leica Gallery Prague
Nejvyssi purkrabstvi Prazskeho hradu, 11908 Praha Hrad. The exhibition will be open from the 16th of April till the 31th of May 2004, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entrance fee 80,- CZK, Fiberbase prints sponsored by kontrastlab

April 11, .2004

Akribie - Materialien zur Findung des wahren Kanzlers.

A special for the exhibition Power And Ritual, contact sheets will be exhibited in the Goethe-Institut Prag.

Goethe-Institut Prag, Masarykovo nabrezi 32, CZ-11000 Praha 1, Open 1.5.-31.5.2004

January 30, 2004


An assignment for
GEO magazine. A reportage about a musician group, where some of them are homeless people.

Kommunalwahlkampf SPD 2004Leica Gallery Prague, Macht und RitualGEO Menschensinfonieorchester
News Year 2003
October 24, 2003


Exhibition with the artists of the Van der Grinten Galler.
Rebecca Lewis, Gábor ösz, Pierre Faure, Izima Kaoru, Dirk Königsfeld, Mark Curran, Karin Apollonia Müller, Philippe Durand and Bernd Arnold (Canteen and Benedikt Taschen)

Van der Grinten Gallery
Opening Oct 29, 2003, van der grinten gallery, Schaafenstraße 25, Köln, Tue-Fri 13-18h und Sa 11-16h.

canteen cashier
Martina Gassmann Leisure Minx
August 14, 2003

Leisure Minx - dogs of unknown people

CD-Cover and Booklet of the band Leisure Minx with Frank Wingold(guitars), Martina Gassmann (vocals), Tobi Lessnow (drums) and Konstantin Wienstroer (bass). Coverdesign by BABELgum and Make-up Art by Elke Kim. Published by BOS.REC. CD Presentation: Oct 28, 2003, Stadtgarten, Cologne.

climate drought  rhine river Koeln

July 19, 2003


in the Rhineland for magazine STERN.
Download and Vintages

victim child Irak

February 26, 2003
Image against war
Images against war at the Gallery Lichtblick. With contributions of 423 photographers.
An Iraqi child. The boy was heavily injured by an american bombing raid (golf war I) and taken to a german hospital for rescue. Doctors are watching his healing progress.

Gallery Lichtblick Exhibition from 2/28 to 6/7/2003. Steinbergerstr. 21, Cologne.

News Year 2002

Macht und Ritual in TokyoOctober 2, 2002
For years Bernd Arnold has been dealing with Power and Ritual of public events. He started his research about behavioural attitudes in different contexts of society with a documentation of catholic ceremonies in cologne (compiled in the book Das Kölner Heil). Following topics were the politicians´ strategies of a medium-effective self-production during the German democratic election campaign in 1998 and the world economic summit in 1999. Further on he examined the defining rituals in the world of pimps and prostitutes as well as the production of television sceneries bringing up the question: Is our world a telly? (Ist die Erde eine Mattscheibe?). What brings these stories together is the metaphysical level of power: the believe. Hierarchy and unity of socially relevant groups are manifested continuously through the existential longing for this believe. In his very specific and individual photography Bernd Arnold lights the precisely calculated gestures of the actors of these public manifestations and succeeds in reflecting the aspects of power and its fascination.

First time in LEICA GALLERY TOKYO will show this work from 10/2 to 11/4/2002 in Matsushima Gankyoten 3 F, 3-5-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokio 104-0061.

Stern Jürgen Möllemann
June 13, 2002

Jürgen Wilhelm Möllemann

published in
Stern magazine 25/2002

January 12, 2002
New projections on the occasion of Gefühlskomfort-Morguemorph
Filmhaus Köln, Maybachstr. 111 on 1/19/2002gefuehlskomfort

January 11, 2002

Eternity II - Portraits

The portrait is one of the classic topics of photography. The challenge of catching hold of a part of the nature of the model and displaying it, of documenting reality, of making someone immortal, of keeping a memory - these are ever returning motives to this subject. Among others with Alvarez Bravo, Harold Chapman, Horst P. Horst, Philippe Halsman, George Hurrell, Willy Maywald and Bernd Arnold.

Gallery for Contemporary Art Düsseldorf, Achenbachstr. 141, until Feb 15, 2002. International photographers' vintage-photographs from the 20th and 21th century.

News Year 2000
UN Talks Ahmad Fawzi UN Talks Ahmad Fawzi

October 19, 2001
International Fototage Herten: By the title »Verkaufte Ideale, Betroffenheitsfotograf oder Werbeknecht?« (»sold ideals, photographer of affection or slave to advertising?«) renowned speakers discuss photojournalism between wish and reality. On the podium will be among others: Bernd Arnold, photographer. Lutz Fischmann, manager of FreeLens. Manfred Heiting, collector and curator. Hartmut Nägele, photographer, Prof. Dirk Reinartz, photographer und professor at Muthesius Hochschule Kiel. Bernd Weise, manager of BVPA. Moderation: Christiane Gehner, DER SPIEGEL.
The symposium is divided into two parts: In the first part two lectures shall give an insight into photojournalistic history and the use of journalistic photography in business communications. In a following panel discussion key aspects of photojournalistic work and its publication will be treated.

October 20, 2001, Herten Castle.

Jean-Luc Lagarce LiebesgeschichteOctober 7, 2001

Liebesgeschichte (letzte Kapitel)

(love story - final chapters)
Content of the play: Two men, a woman and a reunion. It is the story of three, telling each other the story of their love and their breakup. Memories and fiction are mixing. The "love story" becomes a book, a fairy tale, a play. At times one might think that the characters were still finishing their thoughts as they already talk. Pictures from the past are summoned, corrected and flow away again. Directed by Inka Neubert.
Stage design & photography by Bernd Arnold. Performance by Christian Bergmann, Hanno Dinger and Stefanie Mühle.

Premiere Oct 17, 2001 at the Kölner Filmhaus. Further shows: Nov 14 to Nov 18, Dec 12 to Dec 16, Jan 16 to Jan 20, Feb 27 + Feb 28, Mar 1 + Mar 3, 2002.

Macht und Ritual Helmut Kohl
September 4, 2001

Internationale Fototage Herten

Opening Sept 27, 2001, Glashaus.
This year the main geographic emphasis lies on Europe. Curators from all european countries are asked to formulate positions to young photography in their country by the title Visions of Europe - young contemporary european photography. A collective exhibition of young german photography also originated in this cycle titled "Denk ich an Deutschland..." ("Thinking of Germany..."), thoughtfully and critically concerning german realities. Among others there are projects of Bertram Kober, Johannes Backes, Bernd Arnold (Power&Ritual), Hans-Christian Schink, Thorsten Futh, Bettina Flitner.

Morgue Portrait Franz van der Grinten

June 9, 2001


Photographs about the "forgotten" topics of HIV and AIDS.
Four renowned Cologne galleries are participating in the »Kulturprogramm Lebenshaus«. Displaying different artistic positions, the exhibition shows the social relevance and the relationships between the topics love, sexuality, life, survival and death. Involved are Keri Pickett (Minneapolis), Andrej Barov (Munich), Steve Hart (New York), Bernd Arnold (Cologne, Morgue - Franz van der Grinten), David Wojnarowicz (New York), Roger Lips (Cologne) und Vincent Allen W (New York).

Fri, June 29 to Sun, June 15, 2001, exhibition hall Alte Feuerwache, Cologne.

Christiane PoelnitzApril 17, 2001

Stuck in a moment you can´t get out of

Photographic portraits.
An exhibition project with Büro für Fotos. Participants include Franz van der Grinten and Rebecca Lewis.

Gallery Altes Rathaus Musberg
Leinfeld-Echterdingen. Vernissage on April 28, 2001. Duration of the collective exhibition: 4/28 to 6/3/2001.

Messe KunstKöln
March 3, 2001

Büro für Fotos goes kunstKöLN

At the international fair (for editions, photography, Art Brut, arts after 1960) the Van der Grinten Gallery (formerly known as Büro für Fotos) shows works from the series "Macht & Ritual" ("power and ritual"), besides works of Rebecca Lewis and Karin Apollonia Müller.

April 2, 2001

Büro für Fotos goes Art Brussels

20.4.- 24.4.2001, Stand 4C-06

UN Talks Ahmad Fawzi
UN Talks Ahmad Fawzi
November 26, 2001

UN - Talks on Afghanistan

Press briefing by Ahmad Fawzi, speaker of UN special envoy L. Brahimi. Bonn, Königswinter Nov 26, 2001 for DIE ZEIT.

News Year 2000

romantic rhine river
November 20, 2000
Photoagency Zeitenspiegel awards Gabriel-Grüner-Scholarship. The journalist Guido Eckert and the photographer Bernd Arnold receive10.000 Marks prize for the realization of a promising idea of a report named "Menschen am Rhein" ("people at the Rhine river"). The agency uses the scholarship to remind of their long-term friend Gunter Grüner as well as of "Stern"-photographer Volker Krämer and the translator Senol Alit who were murdered in Kosovo in June 1999. Jury members include leading editors and authors to "Spiegel", "Stern" and "Focus" magazines as well as Gilles Peres.

romantic rhine river
July 18, 2000

GE Compunet

Annual Report 1999
was created in cooperation
with the advertising agency BOROS.

GE Compunet Annual Report

economic summits ritual

June 19, 2000

1. Kölner Medienpreis

(1st media award Cologne) in the category photography was given to Wirtschaftsgipfel (economic summits). The photographic essay was created in 1999 in cooperation with the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT and the gallery Büro für Fotos. It was exhibited there and updated daily.

economic summits ritual

Kölner Heil Wahlkampfrituale Bad Herrenalb Dokumentarfotografie

April 26, 2000
In the course of the 2nd Symposium of documentary photography in Bad Herrenalb the photographic essays Wahlkampfrituale and Das Kölner Heil are exhibit from April 27 to May 17, 2000.

Portraitserie II Tom

April 7, 2000

Blicke & Ornament

Portraits from 100 years of photography
Exhibition at the Büro für Fotos, Cologne
April 8 to May 20, 2000
The way your opposite looks offers you the intrusion into his interior but it can also reflect your own look like a mirror and turn the one contemplating into the one being contemplated. The most intense encounter takes places via contact of the eyes and what makes good portrait photography is standing up to this intensity: the tension between the luck of the moment and the sovereignty of the expression. The fact that the exemption of the hierarchy between author and model fills all of photographic history is subject of the exhibition.
Part of the exhibition is Portraitserie-II 1985.

December 12, 2000
The portofolio "Election Campaign Rituals" was published in the first issue of LeicaWorld on pages 54 to 61 and titled Choreography of Power. The story entered the final round of the top tenLeicaWorld runners-up to the Oskar-Barnack-Preis 1999 and was shown in a slideshow in Arles. Other portfolios in LeicaWorld are of Lilian Bassmann, Anton Corbijn, Franz Hubmann, Mike Meiré, Saul Leitner, Martin Parr and Francesco Guisti.

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