Elger Esser



About Elger Esser

NameElger Esser (Elger Denis Esser)
MovementBecher school
MediaPhotography, Art theory, Video

Elger Esser's Biography

Elger Esser is a German contemporary artist, born in 1967 in Dusseldorf. He is well known for his black and white landscapes and portraits, as well as his contributions to art theory and video. He has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States, and his work is found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, among others. Esser's work is informed by the Becher school of photography and by traditional photographic processes. He often creates large-scale prints, often using traditional printing techniques such as cyanotype, palladium, platinum, and gum bichromate, as well as digital printing. His work has been praised for its combination of technical precision and poetic sensibility. Esser has taught at several universities, including the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, and the University of the Arts Berlin. He is a member of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie and a fellow of the Academy of Arts, Berlin.

Elger Esser's Art

Charité sur Loire

Charité sur Loire(2020)

Elger Esser's Charité sur Loire (2020) is a beautiful black and white landscape print that evokes a timeless atmosphere. The photograph captures the river Loire in France and the Charité Abbey in the background. Esser's composition is precise and balanced, with subtle gradations of light and dark, and a delicate use of shadow. His use of traditional photographic processes such as palladium, platinum, and gum bichromate gives the work a uniquely soft and dreamlike quality. Charité sur Loire is a stunning example of Esser's mastery of photography and printmaking, and his ability to combine technical precision with poetic sensibility.
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