2012 - Elger Esser

Discover the work of Elger Esser in an exhibition of photographs that, at first sight, appear to have somehow merged with the paintings of nineteenth century artists. However, Elger Esser is definitely a photographer, even if his huge realist landscapes transport us to idyllic scenes of nature reminiscent of Flaubert or Maupassant.

Elger Esser was born in 1967 and spent his childhood in Rome; his mother was a photographer and his father a writer. He later studied with Bernd Becher at the Kunstacademie in Dusseldorf. Subsequently, his taste for the drawings of Poussin and Lorrain, and his familiarity with the Italian landscape artists, contributed to his development of a painterly style of photography.

These entrancing, timeless images have attracted museums all over the world.
Initially, we were also drawn to them. But our choice for the Lafite 2012 New Year’s card settled on another of his specialities: a mastery of black and white and the subtle variations of grey.
It is the essence of photography, a form of writing with light.