about the artist :
Jean Michel Berts

Despite a promising scientific career, Jean-Michel Berts chose a different path—to become a photographer. With his first Rolleiflex, he became sensitive to the effects of light. Since the eighties he has worked as a still life photographer for several well-known cosmetics and perfume brands. While involved in this field, he pursued a body of work with a more personal focus : to portray the essence of cities, reminding one of the grandeur of civilizations.

For more than 20 years, Jean Michel Berts has been working on very different themes. A decade ago in Vienna, Berts began a project focussed upon cities ; drawing inspiration from photographers such as Norman Parkinson and Hugo Schmölz. As Berts explains, « Architecture is the cultural and economic reflection of a society ». Berts' 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, and the absence of human figures on his photographs allows Berts to focus on manmade constructions, giving them a life of their own.

The power of Jean-Michel Berts photographs also comes from his technique : using the Zone System of Ansel Adams, and with an exposure time between nine seconds and ten minutes, this method of overexposing negatives and under-developing them allows a stronger density, enhancing the contrast in black and white. From Paris to New York, and Venice to Tokyo, these sublimated cities take on a poetic, ethereal and dreamlike value through his eyes.

Chaises longues / Jean Michel Berts
Silver print laminated on aluminum
Image : 43 x 43 cm (109 x 109 cm)
Edition of 8 copies
5,540 US$
1009
Col de Sélim / Jean Michel Berts
lambda print on aluminium
Image : 31 x 33 in (80 x 87 cm)
Edition of 22 copies
4,970 US$
2474
Montmartre / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium
Image : 41 x 55 in (105 x 140 cm), Frame : 43 x 57 in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
7,530 US$
162
Prunier en fleurs / Jean Michel Berts
Argentic print on aluminium, 8 copies.
Image : 42 x 64 in (109 x 162 cm)
unique artwork
7,530 US$
340
Flat iron / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium
Image : 80 x 37 in (205 x 95 cm), Frame : 82 x 39 in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
7,530 US$
2152
Saturday night / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminum, framed
Image : 43 x 54 in (109 x 114 cm), Frame : x in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
6,250 US$
2184
Happy hours / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium, framed
Image : 61 x 42 in (160 x 105 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
6,960 US$
3213
Brooklyn / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium, framed
Image : 32 x 40 in (80 x 100 cm)
Edition of 22 copies
3,840 US$
2295
Fusée / Jean Michel Berts
Silver print laminated on aluminum
Image : 43 x 43 cm (109 x 109 cm)
Edition of 8 copies
5,540 US$
914
Astronaute / Jean Michel Berts
Argentic print on aluminium
Image : 55 x 41 in (100 x 80 cm), Frame : 57 x 43 in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
4,970 US$
696
The office / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminum, framed
Image : 42 x 60 in (107 x 160 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
6,960 US$
3259
Vue du Pont Rialto / Jean Michel Berts
Silver plate printed on aluminium
Image : 32 x 67 in (79 x 170 cm), Frame : 34 x 69 in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
7,530 US$
2875
Place San Marco / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium
Image : 41 x 55 in (105 x 140 cm), Frame : 44 x 57 in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
7,530 US$
483
Grand Canal 3 / Jean Michel Berts
Fine Art print
Image : 30 x 31 in (74 x 80 cm)
Edition of 22 copies
4,970 US$
453
Le Sacré coeur / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminum
Image : 48 x 60 in (110 x 150 cm)
Edition of 8 copies
7,530 US$
603
La coupole / Jean Michel Berts
Argentic print on aluminium
Image : 71 x 98 in (180 x 250 cm)
unique artwork
13,500 US$
410
56th floor / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminum, framed
Image : 43 x 50 in (109 x 120 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
6,250 US$
3407
New York / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminum, framed
Image : 43 x 59 in (109 x 150 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
6,960 US$
2420
New York / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminum, framed
Image : 59 x 43 in (150 x 109 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
6,960 US$
2382
Horses 1 / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminum, framed
Image : 39 x 63 in (100 x 160 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
6,960 US$
2828
Horses 2 / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminum, framed
Image : 39 x 63 in (100 x 160 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
6,960 US$
2867
Horses 3 / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminum, framed
Image : 39 x 63 in (100 x 160 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
6,960 US$
2858
Park Avenue / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on alluminium
Image : 55 x 41 in (140 x 105 cm), Frame : 57 x 43 in
Edition of 2 EA + 5 copies
6,960 US$
2189
Tour Eiffel brume / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminum
Image : 48 x 60 in (110 x 150 cm)
Edition of 8 copies
6,960 US$
2633
Notre Dame jour / Jean Michel Berts
Silver print laminated on aluminum
Image : 48 x 60 in (110 x 150 cm)
Edition of 8 copies
7,530 US$
1859
Grilles du Jardin du Luxembourg / Jean Michel Berts
Silver print laminated on aluminum
Image : 43 x 43 in (109 x 109 cm)
Edition of 8 copies
5,540 US$
1055
La bibliotheque / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminum, framed
Image : 32 x 40 in (80 x 100 cm)
Edition of 22 copies
3,840 US$
1161
Arc de Triomphe / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminum
Image : 48 x 60 in (110 x 150 cm)
Edition of 8 copies
7,530 US$
2460
Bow Bridge, NY / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium
Image : 31 x 39 in (80 x 100 cm)
Edition of 22 copies
4,970 US$
2667
New York / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium, framed
Image : x in (109 x 150 cm), Frame : x in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
Price on request
2480
4th floor Brooklyn / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium, framed
Image : 43 x 43 in (109 x 109 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
6,250 US$
2602
25th floor / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium, framed
Image : 43 x 51 in (109 x 130 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
6,960 US$
2814
40 th floor / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium, framed
Image : 43 x 59 in (150 x 109 cm), Frame : x in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
6,960 US$
2638
Westminster / Jean Michel Berts
lambda print on aluminium, framed
Image : 41 x 60 in (105 x 150 cm), Frame : 43 x 61 in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
7,530 US$
2335
Hotel de ville / Jean Michel Berts
 
Image : 48 x 60 in (109 x 149 cm)
Edition of 8 copies
7,530 US$
2609
Grand Palais / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminum
Image : 48 x 50 in (110 x 115 cm)
Edition of 8 copies
7,530 US$
2371
Parlement / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium
Image : 31 x 39 in (80 x 100 cm)
Edition of 22 copies
4,970 US$
2348
Tombeau de David / Jean Michel Berts
lambda print on aluminium
Image : 41 x 53 in (105 x 135 cm), Frame : 43 x 55 in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
7,530 US$
2123
Empire State Building / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium
Image : 41 x 41 in (105 x 105 cm), Frame : 43 x 43 in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
7,530 US$
2419
Notre Dame de nuit / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium
Image : 41 x 55 in (105 x 140 cm), Frame : 43 x 57 in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
7,530 US$
2399
New York View / Jean Michel Berts
Fine Art print in a frame
Image : 32 x 40 in (80 x 100 cm)
Edition of 22 copies
4,970 US$
3477
La Coupole / Jean Michel Berts
Fine Art Print in a Frame
Image : 19 x 27 in (50 x 70 cm)
Edition of 22 copies
2,420 US$
2660
Statue de la Liberté / Jean Michel Berts
Argentic print on aluminium, 8 copies
Image : 42 x 59 in (109 x 150 cm)
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
7,530 US$
2086
Battery Park view / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium
Image : 41 x 64 in (105 x 165 cm), Frame : 43 x 66 in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
7,530 US$
2037
Between Broome and Orchard Street / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium
Image : 41 x 48 in (105 x 125 cm), Frame : 43 x 51 in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
7,530 US$
1937
Koban Police station / Jean Michel Berts
Lambda print on aluminium
Image : 41 x 48 in (105 x 125 cm), Frame : 43 x 50 in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
7,530 US$
1983
Bow Bridge 2 / Jean Michel Berts
Silverprint mounted on aluminium - black wooden frame - edition of 8
Image : 41 x 55 in (105 x 140 cm), Frame : 43 x 57 in
Edition of 2 EA + 8 copies
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