The German photographer Mat Hannek was born 1969 in Freiburg-Dessau. He worked for several newspapers and radio stations before studying at the European Academy of Fine Arts, Trier and the Lette-Verein in Berlin.
In 1995 Mat Hannek became the assistant of Prof. Hermann Stamm and the photographer Uwe Arens. He worked with them before founding three years later the Kasskara agency in Berlin. Hennek began by mainly photographing pop musicians such as Sting or Tracey Chapman, but from 2004 until 2009, eventually focused exclusively on classical musicians. He created memorable portraits of soloists such as Hillery Hahn, Krystian Zimerman, Hélène Grimaud and Lang Lang, of the conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, Claudio Abbado and of the opera singers Rolando Villazon, Anna Netrebko and Thomas Quasthoff.
In 2006 he gradually started to explore landscape photography. His Woodlands series is the result of numerous wanderings through the Swiss forests and uses concisely taken photographs to capture the decay of forested landscapes. His photographs often don’t include a visible horizon or ground, which creates a disturbing yet soothing effect on the viewer.
The Alpenpässe series is a continuation of the photographic approach that Hannek used for his Woodlands series. This time he photographed details of alpine passes to resemble aerial views, meaning that the viewer cannot differentiate earth from the sky.For his landscape series Hannek only has analogue medium and large format cameras, without the use of any digital manipulation.
Bernheimer Fine Art Photography represents Mat Hennek in Germany. In 2011, after several group exhibitions, Mat Hennek had a solo exhibition called Alpenpässe – Woodlands at the showroom in Munich.
Together with his landscape work Mat Hennek photographs for brands such as Montblanc, Lufthansa, Rolex and record labels as Sony BMG, EMI, Virgin Records, Universal Music Group, Four Music and the Deutsche Grammophon.