In 2001 Bernhard Edmaier received the prestigious Hasselblad Master Award. For “Geoart – Kunstwerk Erde,” he was awarded the Kodak Photo Book Prize in 1998. His first image collections „Vulkane“ (1994), „Eisige Welten“ (1996), and „Geoart Deutschland“ (2003) were consecutively voted The Most Beautiful Science Books of the Year by a panel of the most renowned science journalists. International art book publishers published his latest works: „EARTHSONG” (Phaidon 2004, translated into 7 languages), „Earth on Fire” (Phaidon 2009, English), „EarthART – Colours of the Earth” (Phaidon 2013, English) and „WATER” (Prestel 2015, English and German).
Water has left its mark on our planet as no other element since the Earth’s creation to this day. This book of images shows water as a destructive, transporting as well as constructive and creative force in its many forms: liquid, vaporized in the clouds and frozen to ice. The motifs, mostly aerial images, have been shot on all of the five continents.
240 pages, 220 colour images, Prestel Publishers Munich/New York 2015, appeared in German (“WASSER”) and English. Price: € 59.
„Visually stimulating and incredibly powerful“ - WATER belongs to the best Photography Books of 2015 ... “
THE DAILY BEAST / Newsweek, USA
Inspired by colour analyses created by world famous natural science scholars such as Isaak Newton or Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Bernhard Edmaier presents a very exceptional view of the earth and its amazingly colourful surface.
220 pages, 160 colour images (mostly aerial pictures), Phaidon-Verlag London 2013
„Ravishes the eye .... The effect is overwhelming.“
New York Times, USA
This collection of photographic images offers an insight into the extent of volcanic activity which is one of the major natural forces forming our planet. In this book, Bernhard Edmaier has tackled various volcanoc and plate tectonic phenomena such as fire-spewing volcanoes and lava streams, dark clouds of volcanic ash, seething mudpools, geysers, brightyellow sulphur crusts and colourful acid lakes.
220 pages, over 200 colour images, Phaidon Press London 2009
„From close up or far away, amazing volcano photos ...“
"There are many good landscape photographers, but none of them tries, in such a radical way as Edmaier, to capture our planet's functional principles in aesthetically perfect images."
NATUR & KOSMOS MAGAZIN, Germany
"… he discovers the earth in a new way, for himself and for us. …the pictures are amazing, pictures we’ve never seen before. Pictures that tell us in a special way of the power of nature and of the transience of time… Edmaier’s pictures are hyper-concrete and at the same time enchantingly abstract. They are like a hymn to the beauty of nature….like a song announcing the magnificence of our planet."
Kulturweltspiegel, ARD (German Television)
" ... in Edmaier’s images ….. shapes and forms wrestle with one another, lines strive against surfaces, rivers of colour gush, layers come off in flakes, contours dissolve and contours rupture …. Over and over again, the images switch between turbulent emotion and sober documentation. It is a double play, which Edmaier has a masterly command of."
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany
„Bernhard Edmaier raises the art of aerial photography to new hights. His images are hauntingly impressionistic, even as they display a clarity of tone and texture that recalls the sharp-focus realism of Eliot Porter ... “
Natural History Magazine, USA
"He portrays the decay, freezes the movements which have continued for millions and millions of years - the photographer Bernhard Edmaier glances at our Earth as if he were looking through God’s eye. And shows the Earth as it has been creating itself."
Der Spiegel, Germany
„ ... Bernhard Edmaier has given us a new perspective to natural landscapes .... The deep beauty of these scenes cries out for stewardship ... “
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in LIFE Magazine, USA