I was born in 1953 in Duesseldorf, Germany where I still live and work today.
As a child I had spent a lot of time drawing and later on painting and sculpturing.
But when I was about 19 years old, I made my first more playful steps into photography –
with remarkable results after a while.
As a photographer I am self-taught. In the early 8o´s I established my own studio
working as a free-lance photographer for the advertising business – mainly fashion and
beauty productions at home and abroard.
But also from the beginning and increasingly I did my personal projects which became more and more important to me and today are my main field of work.
I am mostly dealing with the human body, with the triad of body-mind-emotion in particular. For me, the body is the shell of the soul and it is this that I try to explore, as it lets me get close to the human being as a whole.
Moreover I have a weak point for picturing three dimensional statue-like bodies in whole or part in dramatic lighting and posing.
Many of my images, especially nudes and ballet-dancers have been printed in international publications and are much sought after among collectors.
Publications e.g. in
Bund Freischaffender Fotodesigner, BFF-Annualssince 1984
H.E. Hess, Akt Photo International, Verlag Photo Technik Intern. München, 1988
B.M. Pedersen,Graphis Photo 92, Graphis Press Corp., Zürich, 1992
B.M. Pedersen, Nudes, Graphis Press Corp., Zürich, 1992
B.M. Pedersen,Graphis Photo 93, Graphis Press Corp., Zürich, 1993
U.Richter, Novum, 3/94, Bruckmann Verlag, München, 1994
R.Ashford,Erotique, Carlton Books, London,1998
B.M. Pedersen, Nudes 3, Graphis Inc., New York, 1999
M.Schmalriede, Zeit Blicke, Hatje/Cantz Verlag, Stuttgart,1999
B.M. Pedersen, Graphis Photo Annual 2003, Graphis Inc., New York, 2003
S.van Gils, J.van Gils, The Body, Feierabend-Verlag, Köln/Berlin, 2004.
B.M. Pedersen, Nudes 4, Graphis Inc., New York, 2006
B.M. Pedersen, Photography Annual 2010, Graphis Inc., New York, 2010
B.M. Pedersen, 100 Best in Photography 2012, Graphis Inc.,New York, 2012
B.M.Pedersen, Photography Annual 2014, Graphis Inc., New York, 2014
2014: Bewegt/Moved, Museum Helgoland, Helgoland, Germany
2009: True Bodies, Oliver Gordon Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2004: Tanz in 13 Akten, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf
Tanz in 13 Akten, Theater der Stadt Duisburg, Duisburg
Group Exhibitions, e.g.
2014: TEN Arts, Galerie Joseph, Paris
2013: TEN Arts, Fotofever, Paris
Ecologica/Mente, Magazzini dell`Arte Contemporanea, Trapani, Italy
Biennale Trapani, „NutriMenti“, Trapani, Italy
2012: Contemporary Photography, Art Gallery AFK, Lisbon
2009: Sichuan – Vier Flüsse, Forum für Fotografie, Köln
2008: A Brave New World,Visual Gallery of Photokina, Köln
2007: Best of BFF,Haus der Wirtschaft, Stuttgart
2006: International Photo Festival Xining, China
2005: Selected Characters, BFF, Düsseldorf
2004: CO_OP, Kunstverein Hildesheim, Hildesheim
2002: Die Heilige Kuh, Visuall Gallery of Photokina, Köln
2001: Positiv, Galerie Beethovenstraße, Düsseldorf
2000: Zeit Blicke, Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, Stuttgart
Ausgezeichnet, Large Format Award 2000, Köln, Rheinauhafen
2010: Graphis Photography Annual 2010, Gold Award
Photography Masters Cup 2010, 2.place, Merit of Excellence
2011: Prix de la Photographie Paris, PX3, Gold Medal
Photography Masters Cup 2011, Honorable Mention
2012: Graphis, 100 Best in Photography,Gold Medal
Black&White Spider Awards, 2.place, Merit of Excellence
International Photography Awards, IPA, 2.place
Prix de la Photographie Paris, PX3, Gold Medal
2013: Prix de la Photographie Paris, PX3, Silver Medal
2014: Graphis Photography Annual 2014, Gold Medal
The body is the dress of the soul.
My work is mainly concerned with the human body.
Still, I do not consider my images to be classic nudes or erotic
photography, although these genres may have an impact on my work.
I am not interested in showing beauty as an outward phenomenon.
Rather I would like to present the human being as a whole:
Body and mind united.
By picturing nakedness in an image, it is to reveal mind and emotion,
not only showing the body as such.
Among my models especially the ballet dancers are those who succeed in
expressing this wholeness in a particular manner.
Their bodies bespeak the constant pursuit of beauty, grace, achievement
It is my intention and my passion to display this to the viewer.