For 20 years, Jean Michel Berts has worked on various themes. Eight years ago in Vienna, Berts began a project focussed upon cities; drawing inspiration from photographers such as Norman Parkinson and Hugo Schmölz. Very sophisticated techniques were required; it took him more than a year to master them.
Bert's artistic imperative is to reveal to the viewer the whole subtlety and richness of the places he photographs. His choice of black and white only is very important to him and seemed inevitable to express his sensitivity. The photographs are taken early in the morning or at night. The absence of human figures on his photographs allows Berts to focus on manmade constructions, giving them a life of their own.