Cap Antifer - Etretat

Elger Esser

Cap Antifer - Etretat

660.0 x 840.0 Millimeters
Color photograph
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Michael Hue-Williams Fine Art, London; Christie’s, London, 29 September 2010, Lehman Brothers: Artwork and Ephemera Lot 1275
Signed and numbered on the reverse 5/30

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Elger Esser

Elger Esser (born 1967) is a landscape photographer recognized for his distinct approach to the genre. After spending the majority of his childhood in Rome, Italy, Esser moved to Düsseldorf, Germany where he began work as a commercial photographer until 1991, it was then that he began to train academically as a photographer. While he studied under Bernd and Hilla Becher alongside other famed photographers such as Andreas Gursky at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Esser’s style and approach to photography greatly differed as he did not deconstruct the medium or approach it conceptually the ways in which others were at the time. Esser’s career took a turn in 1996 during a trip to Lyon where he became inspired by the people and locations he visited. His work is frequently characterized by a soft golden light, his photos almost never featuring humans and frequently using a straight low horizon, Esser pulls inspiration from the antique postcards he collects. After his venture in France, the photographer began making excursions around Western Europe. Esser typically captures European lowlands, although he turned his attention in 2007-08 to wharfs and sea cliffs of the United States. His work has been compared to early photographers and 17th century Dutch painters for his photos’ luminosity. Esser’s works are in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, among others.  In 1999, his work was included in Turin’s Biennale della Fotografia at the Fondazione Italiana per la Fotografia. He lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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