He lives and works in Europe and the USA, and has already photographed such greats as Kirk Douglas, Sandra Bullock, Don Johnson, Danny Trejo, William Shatner, Jack Black, Natalie Portman, Tony Curtis, Paul Anka, Lionel Richie, Kathleen Turner, John Malkovich, Bruce Willis, Juliette Lewis, Angelina Jolie, Toni Garrn, Michelle Rodriguez, Leah Remini, Evander Holyfield, as well as many international top models.
For Manfred Baumann, the fascination of photography lies in departing from the familiar and capturing an impression of the moment. He loves to explore the world through the eyes of a photographer.
To make visible that which others have not seen has been the objective of Baumann’s exhibitions, such as END OF LINE, in which he documented the final journey of death row inmates in Texas; ALIVE, where he photographed homeless persons on the street for one year; and his current project SPECIAL, which showcases Baumann’s portraits of intellectually disabled persons. His ambition is to break with tradition and the conventional perspective.
The viewer of my photographs should discover the soul and history they embody and recognize that photography is the only language that can be understood all over the world. As an ardent animal welfare activist, vegetarian, and goodwill ambassador for Jane Goodall, he also ventured into the world of animal photography for the first time with the project MUSTANGS. The project’s works and exhibition were shown in the Natural History Museum Vienna and the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles
He teaches for the Leica Academy worldwide and doing worldwide Lecture & workshops
Manfred Baumann was 2017 Testimonial for Huawei international alongside with Robert Lewandowski. His Book and exhibition VIENNA were shown at the Grand Hotel Vienna.
From February 2019 to May 2019, Baumann exhibited for the first time in Australia (in Melbourne and Sydney).
Among Manfreds role models are great Master of Photography such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Helmut Newton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, and Ansel Adams.
Manfred Baumann also photographed the late Tony Curtis. This was the Hollywood star’s last official photo shoot and did much to bolster Baumann’s considerable fame in the USA.
For more than 25 years, Manfred has been drawn to the most distant places in the world, where his breathtaking landscape photographs are created, and it is only natural that since 2013, he has cooperated with and photographed for National Geographic.
He lives and works in Vienna with his wife and muse Nelly Baumann, although his sojourns to his second home, Los Angeles, have become increasingly frequent and of longer duration. His clientele, however, come from all over the world.
1995: Exhibition “Nude” in Toronto, Canada
2004: Exhibition “Celebrities” in Vienna, Salzburg, Munich
2005: Exhibition “Celebrities, Travel and Nudes”
2007: Exhibition “America” in Vienna
2008: Exhibition “Celebrities – Buch” in Munich
2009: Exhibition “Visions” in Vienna, Graz, Munich, Los Angeles
2010: Exhibition in Frankfurt – Leica Gallery Frankfurt
2010: Exhibition in London – The Air Gallery
2012: Star guest of the Photokina in Cologne (live photo shootings, workshops and 130 lfm exhibition)
2013: Exhibition “Alive” in Vienna
2014: Exhibition “Click!” In Hamburg
2015: Exhibition “L.A.Stories” in Schladming
2017: Exhibition Barcelona Saatchi Gallery
2017: Exhibition Leica Gallery “The Collection”
2017: Exhibition “Mustang” Natural History Museum Vienna
2018: Exhibition Leica Gallery Salzburg “my world of photography”
2018: Exhibition Photobastei Zurich “The Collection”
2018: Exhibition Leica Gallery Los Angeles “MUSTANGS”
2018: VIENNA exhibition at the Vienna Grand Hotel
2019 Exhibition “The Collection” in Sydney – Leica Gallery
2019 Exhibition “The Collection” in Melbourne – Leica Gallery
2019 Exhibition “Live the Forests High” in Germany – Black Forest
Just Naked !. Heel publishing house, Frankfurt / Main 2002, ISBN 3-89365-970-6.
Fine nude art. Media Service Stuttgart, Amstetten 2005, ISBN 3-902211-30-X.
Celebrities. Novum publishing house, Neckenmarkt 2008, ISBN 3-85022-580-1.
Top 20 Girls 2008. Poppy Calendar, ISBN 3-8318-1288-8.
Erotic vision. Edition Skylight, Oetwil am See 2009, ISBN 3-03766-596-3.
Manfred Baumann – PHOTOGRAPHY, self-published, Vienna 2010, ISBN 978-3-200-01840-2.
Manfred Baumann Calendar 2011, ISBN 978-3-200-01958-4.
Sexy Camera Work. Edition Skylight, Oetwil am See 2012, ISBN 978-3-03766-633-3.
Manfred Baumann Calendar 2012, ISBN 978-3-200-02329-1.
Manfred Baumann Calendar 2013, ISBN 978-3-99018-140-9.
LIVE. Bucher Verlag, Hohenems 2013, ISBN 978-3-99018-186-7.
Old world, new world. National Geographic, Hamburg 2013, ISBN 978-3-86690-365-4.
L.A.Stories. echomedia, Vienna 2014, ISBN 978-3-902900-65-4.
End of Line: The last journey of death row inmates to execution. Novum Verlag, Neckenmarkt 2015, ISBN 3-99048-508-3.
my world of photography 1991-2016. Novum Verlag, Neckenmarkt 2016, ISBN 3-99048-638-1.
Mustangs. novum pro publishing house, Neckenmarkt 2017, ISBN 978-3-99064-073-9.
Vienna. Edition Roesner, Krems on the Danube in 2018, ISBN 978-3-903059-75-7.