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Esser, Elger (1967)

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.

Elger Esser, Hoquiam I, USA, 2007
Elger Esser, Hoquiam I, USA, 2007
Elger Esser, Sainte-Marguerite Island, 2005
Elger Esser, Sainte-Marguerite Island, 2005
Elger Esser, Dieppe, 2007
Elger Esser, Dieppe, 2007
Elger Esser, Baalbeck, Lebanon, 2009
Elger Esser, Baalbeck, Lebanon, 2009
Elger Esser, Baalbeck, Lebanon, 2009
Elger Esser, Baalbeck, Lebanon, 2009
Elger Esser, Beaugency II, France, 2001
Elger Esser, Beaugency II, France, 2001
Elger Esser, Honfleur, 2006
Elger Esser, Honfleur, 2006
Elger Esser, Loué, France, 2006
Elger Esser, Loué, France, 2006
Elger Esser, Raouché II, Lebanon, 2005
Elger Esser, Raouché II, Lebanon, 2005
Elger Esser, Saida I, 2005
Elger Esser, Saida I, 2005
Elger Esser, String Town, USA, 2007
Elger Esser, String Town, USA, 2007
Elger Esser, Verdun sur le Doubs I France,  2009
Elger Esser, Verdun sur le Doubs I France, 2009
Elger Esser, Cap d'Antifer (La Manneporte), 2002
Elger Esser, Cap d'Antifer (La Manneporte), 2002
Elger Esser, Combray (Thaon), France, 2009
Elger Esser, Combray (Thaon), France, 2009
Elger Esser, Gavrinis, France, 2005
Elger Esser, Gavrinis, France, 2005
Elger Esser, France,  2010
Elger Esser, France, 2010
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