Although he studied in Bernd and Hilla Becher’s class in Dusseldorf during the 1990s, Elger Esser moved away from their pure documentary style to focus on the slow and calm atmosphere of landscapes, making his their study of imprinting history and time. In a manner that clearly evokes that of Dutch 17th century landscape paintings and Italian vedute, the German photographer captures tranquil surroundings within largely monochrome minimalist images that diffuse a soft light and a nostalgic sepia-like aesthetic. A trip to Lyon in 1996 and his childhood fascination for postcards fueled his interest in travel photography with journeys mainly arranged in Western Europe and the United States. Privileging river settings, Elger Esser seems to question, with the quiet flow of water, the passing of history and mankind. For a photographer who produced a séries entitled Combray, inspired by Marcel Proust, it would be appropriate to say, he celebrated a search of lost time.