The old Elbtunnel in Hamburg, Germany was opened in 1911 and considered a technical sensation in engineering. The 2 single lane vehicle tunnel tubes connected the main city with the port and shipping docks in Hamburg harbor - the second largest harbor in Europe. Huge lifts would lower the cars from street level and back to the surface on the other side. The tunnel sits 80ft below the surface and runs under the river Elbe. The tunnel is still in operation today, though mainly used for nostalgic reasons.
Mario Basner grew up in Hamburg, Germany and has always been a creative force. While fate led him towards a successful career in music first, photography has always been there and served as a creative outlet for most of his adult life. He owned & operated a custom darkroom business in Hollywood, before moving to Las Vegas in 2006. In 2013 he decided to dedicate all his time to photography and formed his company, which offered commercial, portrait and fashion work. Since then, his passion for contemporary art has resulted in the pursuit & capture of the Beelitz Series in 2014 - his debut project in the fine art domain. Mario now operates an art gallery in Las Vegas and continues to expand his fine art collection.