Peter Mathis (1961) is at home in Hohenems, Austria. The city where he also has his photography studio and showroom. Since 1986, his focus is on sports- and landscape photography, but portrait photography has increasingly become part of his repertoire recently. He is hired by national and international companies, and his pictures appear regularly in the specialist press and advertising.
Many of his works aim to recognize and capture the fleeting nature of the moment, which requires enormous patience and experience. Quick and superficial effects are avoided at all costs.
Good pictures are about the composition or the reproduction of motifs but about creating that freedom for interpretation where in the observer can see and experience the represented object in newer ways, time and again. By using the means available to him, the artist is able to not only keep the interest alive but also to stimulate it anew. One is "never simply finished" with a motif but looks at it again and again for there is something "in motion" there; something about a situation, about a fact, or about a motif that does not allow to be easily definded.
Through composition, lighting, use of contrast, and various other aspects, the picture develops a kind of its "own life" which transcends the mere motif and prevents a conceptual definition. It is the living picture that fascinates the observer and keeps his interest alive. It calls upon him to disclose a "secret" which however can never be expressed through mere words. It can only be experienced in the act of seeing.
Peter Mathis has been the recipient of many prestigious awards. Figuring among them are:
2007 Hasselblad Master
2008 Master of European Photography