About the Artists:
Axel Breutigam is a fine art photographer--a German-born Canadian located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Axel studied black & white photography with Alan Ross, a long time Ansel Adams assistant and one of the few experts with a first hand experience of Ansel Adams work. Axel holds a PPOC Accredition in Fine Art Photography.
Archival Print Sizes Available:
12" x 18" $650 Framed
14" x 21" $725 Framed
30" x 45" $2,800 Framed
Variable sizes may be available, please inquire
Except one photo (“Dockland Building”) all photographs have been taken with a
Leica M Rangefinder Camera; most of them with a Leica M Monochrom.
The Leica M Monochrom has a sensor which records only in black and white (no
Bayer filter). The workflow is like using black & white film.
Since there are no color channels options to enhance (manipulate) the photo with
photo software (e.g. Photoshop or Lightroom) are very limited; everything has to
be done ‘in camera’.
Future photographs will also be taken with a Hasselblad X1D medium format
The choice on which paper to print depends mainly on the subject, the size and
most importantly on the look and feel you’re after.
I work with Moab Lasal and Epson Exhibition Fiber or Epson Hot Press Bright
Prints bigger than 14’’ x 21’’ will be printed in the US by Visual Arts Imaging, most
likely on Hahnemuhle Satin Baryta paper.
The standard edition is limited to 25 prints, no matter what size.
Some editions from the ‘Landscapes’ and ‘Elements’ series are limited to 35
Axel Breutigam Bio (short) by Kelly Bertrando.pdf
FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
- Bridges -
I was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany; a city located at the rivers Elbe and Alster; the latter
cutting right through the city and spreading out into two lakes.
Very few people know this but Hamburg is the city with the most bridges in the world and has
inside its city limits more canals than Venice in Italy and Amsterdam in the
Bridges were something I grew up with and I always liked.
That has never changed and has a significant influence on my photography.
Living at the West Coast now there are a lot of opportunities to find, explore and photograph
In 2016 I did an entire series about bridges in Portland, called ‘Portland - Living with Bridges’.
My photograph ‘High Up - Fremont Bridge, Portland’ is part of this series.
Combining my love for bridges with my passion for long exposure photography can give bridges a
whole new appearance, an example is the photograph ‘Astoria-Megler-Bridge I’.
I was on my way from Portland back to Vancouver Island, took Hwy 101 and got lucky: It was
early in the morning, raining and foggy. The perfect situation for this kind of photography.
Why black & white ?
Only black & white photographs
give room to let the viewer imagine what the real scene might
have looked like.
Axel Breutigam Vancouver, 11/10/2017