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Elger Esser. Between duration and time

45 min visit

Paris
Galerie RX
6 Nov → 9 Jan 2020
From Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm. Closed Sunday & Monday.

« A magnificent work where a mixed, subtle feeling of presence and absence emerges! »

Do you know Elger Esser, this German photographer, a prominent representative of the Düsseldorf School of Photography? His works are recognizable at first glance. It creates a Proustian atmosphere that you will never forget again. For his new exhibition at Galerie RX, Elger Esser presents a set of photographs of French landscapes, enhanced by his own techniques of copper printing and gravure printing. His tonalities and impressionist subjects paint a sensitive portrait of universes sometimes shaped by water and vegetation, sometimes by stone, sometimes even in the intimacy of a 19th century house (Maison Mantin). The absence of a time indicator and the use of long exposure times capture the moment in time and duration. With his camera, he travels through many countries, capturing and documenting timeless landscapes where neither the human figure nor his imprint are visible. Drawing on his literary and pictorial inspirations in the 19th century, his photographs are testimonies to a history and memory inspired by the writings of Flaubert, Maupassant or Proust, as is the case for the works in the Combray series. It takes here the name of this city imagined in "In search of lost time". The geographical location is specified but Elger Esser takes us beyond, into almost imaginary places where time is suspended. Far from the idea of transcribing reality, his work is seen more as an invitation to travel. As for the techniques he experiments with (gravure printing, copper printing), they are not without reminding us of impressionist landscapes and certain orientalist colours, accentuating the strong and powerful feeling of timelessness.

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