Rainer Gaertner was born 1951 in Neuwied/Rhein. In 1970 he started to study the subject photography at the Kölner Werkschulen. Within his years of study he undertake journeys to Island, Southern Europe and Northern America amongst others. At that time he focused on landscape photography.  Working for Prof. Arno Jansen in 1976 he was announced to become a "Meisterschüler". At the same time he got a call to the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh). 1978 to 1985 he got a teaching assignment at the Fachhochschule für Kunst und Design Köln. Since then he has been working as a free lancer mainly for architecture photography at home and abroad. His spectacular photos of modern and historical buildings have been published in magazines, illustrated books and calenders. 1988 he founded the publicon Vertragsgesellschaft mbH in Cologne and Berlin. In 2004 he started his picture cycle " Stille Welten  - Spuren alter Industriekultur". In 2006 he started the picture cycle "Photo-Synthese - Lichtbilder exotischer Pflanzen". There are numerous own publications. Mr. Gaertner took part in a series of exhibitions.

Rainer Gaertner almost exclusively uses Sinar large-format cameras (formats 8 x 13 cm, 8 x 10 inch. = 20 x 25 cm) and Rodenstock professional lenses (focal distances from 90 mm to 1800 mm).

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