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© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019<br/>    Picture: Jens Bruchhaus, Munich<br />

Elger Esser

Born 1967 in Stuttgart, Germany
Lives and works in Düsseldorf

Cap d’Antifer (folder of 10 photographs), 2002

Iris print on hand-made paper
66 x 84 cm each

Elger Esser is one of the last graduates of the class of Bernd Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. His large-scale landscape photographs are discreet snapshots, detached from time and space. The lyrical, evocative imagery and the layout, which adhere to classical rules of composition, lend an air of timeless beauty and harmony. Deliberately echoing Marcel Proust's novel, "À la recherche du temps perdu", Esser, in his poetically melancholy photographs, goes in search of the past. He consistently works with traditional analogue techniques of photography, seeking his motifs in France, Holland and Scotland. His clear compositions and remote perspective are reminiscent of landscape photography of the 19th century, his handling of light and colour of paintings of Old Masters.

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