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Elger Esser/ Elger Esser

Germany 1967

Photography

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Elger Esser
Elger Esser
Male
Germany
1967

If you are a fan of photography, the name of Elger Esser does not require much introduction. In a time when taking pictures with a camera usually revolved around photographing other people, Esser made a decision he would take his work down an old school path by taking photos of landscapes and nature. Over the course of years filled with many trials and errors, Elger managed to become a master of his genre, having his work compared to some of the greatest landscape depictors of art history. His work may look simplistic, but it’s still very effective as he seems able to capture the essence of nature within his camera’s frame.

Elger Esser - Wentworth Point #1, 2015 - New York Press News of 2012-2016 will be in the museum works.
Elger Esser – Wentworth Point #1, 2015

Let Us Meet Esser

Elger Esser is a German photographer who made his path to fame using long-exposure large-format landscapes. These photographs may seem simple in composition, but Esser’s work is recognized for its intensity and sharpness. Elger snaps pictures that are simultaneously captivating, melancholic and poetic. He was born in Stuttgart but spent his childhood in Rome. This led to a small inner conflict as he was raised on a German set of values but grew up in a country very unlike his own. Esser’s boyhood was very influential for his art later in life – as a young German living in Rome, he developed a special concept of time and a different perspective on the world. After he came of age, nostalgic Elger moved back to Germany during the year of 1986 and got employed as a commercial photographer. As a boy, Esser loved the idea of photography, he adored the concept of it – but it was at this time that the final decision was made: he would dedicate his life to the art of photography. Elger enrolled at the Art Academy Düsseldorf and started his journey under the wings of famous photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. They taught Esser all they knew about the art of photography, but despite expectations, Elger never fully adopted the grid pattern characteristic of Bechers. As a matter of fact, Esser’s work was about to become something fundamentally different from that of his older colleagues. At least the contemporary ones.

Essar became famous for his unique landscape photographs

Elger Esser - St. Valery, France  2005 - New York Press News of 2012-2016 will be in the gallery works, contact them if necessary.
Elger Esser – St. Valery, France, 2005

The Branding Of The Heretic

At that beginning, Esser was considered to be a heretic of the Düsseldorf photography school – all of his colleagues were taking pictures of industrial structures while he was out in the wilderness making images of trees and waterfalls! Since we’re on this particular subject, other notable students of this institutions are Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, and Thomas Struth. But back to the matter at hand – Elger started taking photos with a professional camera for the first time in Düsseldorf. His main characteristic came to light almost instantly, as Esser’s first academic photos were of pale, luminous landscapes with no people and featured a strong, straight and low horizon line. His work was often compared to both early 19th-century photography and Dutch landscape paintings of the 17th century, for obvious compositional reasons. Elger was attracted to the concept of landscapes for the entirety of his career, even before it began – he remembers how much he loved viewing and collecting postcards when he was still a child. He explained it by simply stating that landscapes are like states of mind and that every one of us carries a landscape of our own within us. His compositions are extremely romanticized, with much natural beauty. Low horizon lines, muted color schemes, and vast overcast skies offer a view of nature in its purest state. It’s easy to see why many photography fans and buffs like calling Esser’s work essentially traditional. His inspiration comes from the 18th and 19th-century romantic travel literature, actually very popular at that time in Germany as many of his countrymen journeyed around Europe. Literature and the 19th century are his points of reference and the fuel for his art.

Elger Esser-Helensburgh, 2015 - New York Press News of 2012-2016 will be in the museum works, contact them if necessary.
Elger Esser-Helensburgh, 2015

The Beauty Of Nature

The elements of Esser’s photos are not spectacular, to say the least – calm rivers and seas, marshlands, simple courtyards and villages observed from a distance. Although Esser is fond of giving his pieces very specific titles, his work remains ambivalent and obscure. What all his photos have in common is the nostalgic feeling they impose onto audiences. His images typically capture European lowlands, softly lit beaches, wetlands, valleys, or riverbeds, in which he evokes the sublime, filling his landscapes with a quiet romance. What is almost unique to Esser is the process of post-production he puts his photos through. This manual method allows much freedom in the creative department. It employs traditional techniques, like the nearly extinct printing process of photogravure which lends great sharpness and depth to a skillful hand. Largely monochrome coloring, a predilection for the diffuse lighting and constant tension between micro- and macro-structures are other characteristics of Esser’s work. Sensitive and precise in his observation, Esser seeks in his surroundings those moments which reveal the essential character and mood of a landscape. Esser’s work seems quiet and peaceful, even those pictures that captured frames of unruly waves as they were crashing the shore or images of forests that are surely full of animal sounds.

There’s a certain quietness in Esser’s images

Elger Esser - Radi, Italien, 2002 - New York Press News of 2012-2016 will be in the museum works, contact them if necessary.
Elger Esser – Radi, Italien, 2002

Journey To Wonderful France

Esser took a trip to Lyon, France, in the year of 1996 and that journey will prove to be a turning point in his artistic career. The decision to travel came from his obsession with romantic journeys with no particular goals other than absorbing the nature of other locations. The pure aesthetic beauty of the Franch lands helped him develop a characteristic color palette with dominant yellow and brown tones. The way he colors his photos makes them have a certain surreal atmosphere. This awareness of color only advanced further during Elger’s stay in Lyon since even his early work has a notable sepia effect. No other German photographer has captured neighboring France as obsessively as Esser did during the late 90s. The trip through neighboring France subsequently influenced Esser to travel throughout Western Europe, photographing natural lowlands and urban environments. Some of the finest pieces of photography he ever made were taken while traveling through the nature of Europe. And wherever he went, locals fell in love with the depictions of their habitats, organizing many exhibitions of his work. Esser displayed his portfolio all over Europe and America, picking up nothing but positive critique every time.

Elger Esser - Santa Caterina II Italien, 2002 - New York Press News of 2012-2016 will be in the museum works, contact them if necessary.
Elger Esser – Santa Caterina II Italien, 2002

Embracing Nature

Esser sees himself as a craftsman in the traditional sense. Not many photographers like to call themselves as such, but time Elger spends in his studio while manually post producing his photographs definitely allows him to take on the title of a manufacturer. Elger has singlehandedly brought the genre of landscape photography to a whole new level. And as it was back in the time of romanticism during the 18th century, most of the beauty landscape possesses comes from its simplicity. It’s easy to forget just how much nature is important to all of us and we can often catch ourselves taking it for granted. Since nature has no direct way to warn us of our mischief, she uses the frame of Esser to make us realize that we’re doing something wrong. If nothing else, she picked the right man for the job.

The artist is represented by GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC in Paris (France) and WENG CONTEMPORARY in Zug (Switzerland).

Elger Esser lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Featured Image: Elger Esser – Photo of the artist – Photo Credits SWR2
All Images Copyrights © Elger Esser

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2016Elger EsserStaatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, KarlsruheSolo
2015Elger EsserRopac, SalzburgSolo
2015Elger EsserKatz Contemporary, ZurichSolo
2015Elger EsserRose Gallery, Santa MonicaSolo
2015Elger EsserDominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney Solo
2015Fascination PhotographyEssl Museum, KlosterneuburgGroup
2015Dusseldorf Photography: Bernd & Hilla Becher and BeyondBen Brown Fine Arts, LondonGroup
2015The Mirror of IllusionsGalerie Tanit, MunichGroup
2015Photographier les jardins de Monet. Cinq regards contemporains. Almond · Esser · Foucault · Plossu · ShoreMusée des impressionnismes Giverny, GivernyGroup
2015BaywatchGalerie Hartwich, RügenGroup
2015Eolie 1950/2015. Mare motusChiesa di Santa Caterina ed ex carcere, LipariGroup
2015The Idea of LandscapeRAY 2015 Fotografieprojekte FrankfurtGroup
2015Bert De Beul ∙ Elger Esser ∙ Ian Hamilton FinlaySfeir-Semler Gallery, HamburgGroup
2015Photography Now: An International SurveyBen Brown Fine Arts, LondonGroup
2015GALLERY 3010Sfeir-Semler Gallery, BeirutGroup
2015Open Rhapsody. A journey into photography and video collectionsBeirut Exhibition Center, BeirutGroup
2015Landscape in my Mind - Landscape photography todayKunstforum Wien, Vienna Group
2014One WorkThe Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York, USAGroup
2014Temporary livingGalerie de Zaal, Delft, The NetherlandsGroup
2014Una Colección Basada en la Naturaleza y el medio ambienteColección MP de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, SpainGroup
2014Home (Very) Sweet HomeGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceGroup
2014Elger Esser: Ab OlympoGalleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome, ItalySolo
2014Elger EsserFundació Palma Espai d'art, Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, SpainSolo
2014Elger EsserGalerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, GermanySolo
2014One WorkThe Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, New York, USAGroup
2014L’âge d’orKewenig, Berlin, GermanySolo
2014Elger Esser: Saeculum AureumSonnabend Gallery, New YorkSolo
2014Nocturnes à GivernyPôle Image Haute-Normandie, Rouen, FranceSolo
2014MesegliseInstitut für Moderne Kunst, Nürnberg, GermanySolo
2013Desaster, The End of DaysGalerie Taddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceGroup
2013Old School - Anachronismus in der zeitgenössischen KunstKunsthalle zu Kiel, GermanyGroup
2013Elger EsserSchirmer und Mosel, MünchenSolo
2013Nocturens à Giverny. Photographies de Elger EsserGalerie Photo du Pôle Image Haute-Normandie, Rouen, FranceSolo
2013MesegliseInstitut für Moderne Kunst, Nürnberg, GermanySolo
2013Exposition photographique: Eaux précieuses – Eaux sauvagesGalerie d’art du Conseil général, Hôtel de Castillon, Aix-en-Provence, FranceGroup
2013The Flash of NatureSalone degli Incanti, ex Pescheria, Trieste, ItalyGroup
2013Les Territoires du désir ou les métamorphoses d’un musée imaginaireMusée d’Art moderne André Malraux, MuMa, Le Havre, FranceGroup
2013Kalte Rinden - Seltene ErdenStadtgalerie Kiel, GermanyGroup
2012Elger EsserGaleria Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca, SpainSolo
2012An Italian PortraitPeggy Guggenheim Collection – New Wing, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Venice, ItalyGroup
2012Light-sensitive – Contemporary Photography from the Schaufler CollectionSchauwerk Sindelfingen, SindelfingenGroup
2012La ciudad magnífica. Arquitecturas en la colección CIRCA-XX Pilar CitolerThe Andalusian Centre of Photography, Almería, SpainGroup
2012Welt-(er)-findung, zeitgenössische PhotographieCollection Olbricht, Kunsthaus Villa Jauss, Oberstdorf, GermanyGroup
2012Les Territoires du désir ou les métamorphoses d’un musée imaginaireMusée d’Art moderne André Malraux - MuMa, Le Havre, FranceGroup
2012Lichte WeiteLVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Bonn, GermanySolo
2012Elger EsserGalleria Alessandra Bonomo, RomeSolo
2012Elger EsserKatz Contemporary, ZurichSolo
2012Stille WellenLandesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Oldenburg, Oldenburg, GermanySolo
2012Kalte Rinden - Seltene ErdenStadtgalerie Kiel, GermanyGroup
2012Les Territoires du désir ou les métamorphoses d’un musée imaginaireMusée d’Art moderne André Malraux, MuMa, Le Havre, FranceGroup
2012The Flash of NatureSalone degli Incanti, ex Pescheria, Trieste, ItalyGroup
2012Exposition photographique: Eaux précieuses – Eaux sauvagesGalerie d’art du Conseil général, Hôtel de Castillon, Aix-en-Provence, FranceGroup
2012Elger EsserSonnabend Gallery, New YorkSolo
2011Voyage en EgypteRose Gallery, Santa Monica, USASolo
2011Elger EsserDominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2011Elger EsserSfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, LebanonSolo
2011Elger EsserGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceSolo
2011Elger EsserKunstforum Baloise, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
2011Kunst befreit! Neupräsentation der SammlungMuseum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, GermanyGroup
2011Les Territoires du désir ou les métamorphoses d’un musée imaginaireMusée d’Art moderne André Malraux - MuMa, Le Havre, FranceGroup
2011Light-sensitive – Contemporary Photography from the Schaufler CollectionSchauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, GermanyGroup
2011La ciudad magnífica. Arquitecturas en la colección CIRCA-XX Pilar CitolerThe Andalusian Centre of Photography, Almería, SpainGroup
2011NocturnesGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceSolo
2011Elger Esser - Landscapes and heliogravuresDominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, AustraliaSolo
2011Water, Fifty One Fine Art PhotographyAntwerp, BelgiumGroup
2011Collezioni ContemporaneeSMS Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, ItalyGroup
2011Elger EsserPalazzo Fabroni, Pistoia, ItalyGroup
2011Der rote Bulli: Stephan Shore und die neue Düsseldorfer FotografieNRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf, GermanyGroup
2010Landschaften-Veduten-Ansichten-HeliogravürenGalerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, GermanySolo
2010Elger EsserGalerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, GermanySolo
2010Elger EsserMuseum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem, HollandSolo
2010EigenzeitStaatsgalerie Stuttgart, GermanySolo
2010Elger EsserSonnabend Gallery, New York, USASolo
2010Sin TiempoGalería Fúcares, Madrid, SpainSolo
2010Et in Arcadia EgoTEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Tenerife, Canary Islands, SpainGroup
2010The Düsseldorf School of Photography. Bernd & Hilla Becher, Thomas Ruff, Candida Höfer, In Sook Kim, Elger EsserRichard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, USAGroup
2010Imaginario, Obras da BesArt - colecção Banco Espírito SantoCAV Centro de artes Visuais, Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra, PortugalGroup
2010ZERO – 8Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, GermanyGroup
2010Photobiennale MoscowExhibition Hall New Manege, Moscow, RussiaSolo
2010Der rote Bulli: Stephan Shore und die neue Düsseldorfer FotografieNRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf, GermanyGroup
2010Viaggio in ItaliaPalazzo Fabroni, Pistoia, ItalyGroup
2010Collezioni ContemporaneeSMS Santa Maria della Scala, Siena, ItalyGroup
2010KonstellationenMuseum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2010Elger EsserGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2009Elger EsserLes Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles, Arles, FranceSolo
2009Fotos que ver en Madrid cuando aún no estés muerto...de calorGalería Fúcares, Madrid, SpainGroup
2009Elger EsserKunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, GermanySolo
2009Voyages pittoresques. Normandie 1820-2009Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, Le Château - Caen, FranceGroup
2009Elger EsserSonnabend Gallery, NYSolo
20096 views of photographyGalerie de Zaal, Delft, NetherlandsGroup
2009Saône et Rhône, Exhibition on the occasion of Paris PhotoGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceSolo
2009Elger EsserGaleria Bonomo, Bari, ItalySolo
2009Wrecks and LandscapesSonnabend Gallery, New York, USASolo
2009Six American SunsetsDominik Mersch Gallery, Waterloo, AustraliaSolo
2009TAGO – MAGOGalería Fúcares, Almagro & Espacio de arte Hospital de San Juan de Dios. Almagro, SpainGroup
2009Voyages pittoresques, Normandie 1820-2009Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, Le Château - Caen, FranceGroup
2009Siedlungen und Wohnanlagen 1858-1937Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, GermanyGroup
2008Objectivités. La photographie à DüsseldorfMusée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, ARC, Paris, FranceGroup
2008Elger EsserGalerie Tanit, Munich, GermanySolo
2008Pures Wasser. Elementares Motiv der GegenwartskunstKunstverein Villa Streccius, Landau, GermanyGroup
2008Elger EsserGalleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome, ItalySolo
2008Elger EsserJohnen+Schöttle, Cologne, GermanySolo
2008FO.KU.S - Foto Kunst StadtforumInnsbruck, GermanySolo
2008Elger EsserGalerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, LebanonGroup
2008CombrayGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceGroup
2007SeestückeHamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2007Elger EsserGalerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, GermanySolo
2007Elger EsserIleana Sonnabend, New York, NYSolo
2007Elger EsserNorton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FloridaSolo
2007Elger EsserSonnabend Gallery, New York, USASolo
2006Landscapes and PostcardsHaggarty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, USASolo
2006Important early photographsThomas Segal Gallery, Baltimore, USASolo
2006Elger EsserGana Art Center, SeoulSolo
2006Elger EsserGaleria Fúcares, Madrid, SpainSolo
2006Elger EsserJohnen+Schöttle Gallery, Munich, GermanySolo
2005Fast Nichts. Minimalistische Werke aus der Friedrich Christian Flick CollectionHamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2005Elger EsserGalerie Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne, GermanySolo
2005The City: Contemporary Views of the Built EnironmentLehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NYGroup
2005Landschaft als MetapherUrsula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, GermanyGroup
2005Flight 405Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Beirut, LebanonGroup
2005DreamscapesAeroplastics Contemporary, BrusselsGroup
2005Elger EsserSonnabend Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2004Elger EsserGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2004Elger EsserFondation Herzog - Ein Laboratorium für Photographie, Basel, SwitzerlandSolo
2004Art History: Photography References PaintingYancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2004Vague II Hommages et digressionsMusée Malraux, Le Havre, FranceGroup
2004Moving PicturesGuggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, SpainGroup
2004LandschaftenSonderausstellung zur KunstKöln, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2004Elger EsserGalerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, GermanySolo
2004Elger EsserGalerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg, GermanySolo
2003Elger EsserSonnabend Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2003Elger EsserGalerie Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne, GermanySolo
2003Elger EsserKunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, GermanySolo
2003Elger EsserRüdiger Schöttle, Munich, GermanySolo
2003SchirmerMosel Showroom, Munich, GermanySolo
2003Elger EsserMarco Voena, Milan, ItalySolo
2002Elger EsserGalleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome, ItalySolo
2002Cityscapes LandscapesPalazzo delle Papesse, Siena, ItalySolo
2002Elger EsserGalerie Sfeier-Semler, Hamburg, GermanySolo
2002Aus DüsseldorfBaronian-Francey Galerie, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
200210 young German artistsGalerie de Zaal, Delft, NetherlandsGroup
2002Biennale der FotografieMoscow, RussiaGroup
2002WallflowersKunsthaus Zürich, SwitzerlandGroup
2002In Szene gesetzte ArchitekturZKM Karlsruhe,Stadtische Galerie ErlangenGroup
2002Elger EsserGalerie De Zaal, Delft, NetherlandsSolo
2002InterieurGalerie Andreas Grimm, Munich, GermanyGroup
2002Elger EsserGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceSolo
2001Elger EsserGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2001Elger EsserChâteau de Sully, Sully sur Loire, FranceSolo
2001Elger EsserJohnen & Schöttle, Cologne, GermanySolo
2001Elger EsserMichael Hue-Williams Fine Art, London, EnglandSolo
2001Chrisitna Doll, Elger Esser Michael van OfenGalerie Sfeier Semler, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2001Ohne Zögern, Sammlung OlbrichtNeues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, GermanyGroup
2001RetrospectiveSonnabend Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2001Elger EsserGalleria de Arte Moderne Villa delle Rose, Bologna, ItalySolo
2001Elger EsserIleana Sonnabend, New York, NYSolo
2000Elger EsserAlte Feuerwache Mannheim, Mannheim, GermanySolo
2000Elger EsserGalerie Inge Friebe Lüdenscheid, GermanySolo
2000Elger EsserGalerie 213, Paris, FranceSolo
2000Elger EsserGalerie de Zaal, Delft, NetherlandsSolo
2000Elger EsserRüdiger Schöttle, Munich, GermanySolo
2000RetrospectiveSonnabend Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2000Friesland is …Friesmuseum, Leeuwarden, NetherlandsGroup
2000Landscapes – PortraitsMichael Hue-Williams Fine Art, London, EnglandSolo
1999Elger EsserNeg-Gallery, Milan, ItalySolo
1999Lawrence Beck, Elger Esser, Hiroshi SugimotoIleana Sonnabend Gallery, New York, USAGroup
1999LandschaftenGalerie Carolin Lindig, Nuremberg, GermanyGroup
1999Landschaftende Vleeshal, Middelburg, The NetherlandsGroup
1999Insight-OutKunstraum Innsbruck, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Austria and GermanyGroup
1999New PhotographyMarlborough Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1999VISAGalerie Johnen + Schöttle, Cologne, GermanyGroup
1999Elger EsserAndreas Grimm Galerie, Palma de Mallorca, SpainSolo
1999Elger EsserMassimo Lauro Galleria, Milan, ItalySolo
1998Elger EsserGalerie Marion de Beaupre, Paris, FranceSolo
1998Elger EsserAlte Post Neuss, Neuss, GermanySolo
1998Umgebung und AussichtGalerie Cora Hölzl, Düsseldorf, GermanyGroup
1998When season becomes formKulturallianzen Cologne, GermanyGroup
1998Advancement Award of Fine Arts Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, GermanySolo
1998Umgebung und AussichtGalerie Cora Hölzl, Düsseldorf, GermanyGroup
1998Elger EsserGalerie 213, Paris, FranceSolo
1998Elger EsserGalerie Inge Friebe, Lüdenscheid, GermanySolo
1998Elger EsserGalerie de Zaal, Delft, NetherlandsSolo
1998Elger EsserKunstverein Siegen, GermanySolo
1997Elger EsserAndreas Grimm Galerie, Palma de Mallorca, SpainSolo
1997Elger EsserKunstverein Hagen, Hagen, GermanySolo
1996AuslöserDüsseldorf, GermanyGroup
1995Elger EsserKulturbahnhof Eller, GermanySolo