Elger Esser, Paludo San Giacomo, Italy

Elger Esser, Paludo San Giacomo, Italy. 2002, chromogenic print.
Mounted on Diasec. 54 x 74 in. Signed with printed title, date process and edition "2/7" on reverse.

Elger Esser's large format photographs, often cast in a soft, ethereal light, are of ruins or remnants of things past, of deserted landscapes and bucolic expanses. They suggest a desire to explore time and memory. His work is often compared to the contemplative atmosphere that is reminiscent of early 19th century photography and pays homage to Romantic landscape paintings.

Elger Esser was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1967 and raised in Rome. In 1986 he moved to Dusseldorf, where he attended the Dusseldorf Kunstakademie, studying with Bernd and Hilla Becher. Esser's photographs are included in numerous public and private collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Foundation, Kunsthaus Zurich and FNAC Paris. He lives and works in Dusseldorf.