One of our favorite fine art photographers is Dusseldorf based Elger Esser. His beautifully atmospheric, tranquil images are shot along shores and rivers in France, Italy, Spain, Holland, and Scotland. Minimal and subdued, they look almost like paintings from afar. We love his images because they are poetic and calming, adding to their environments in a very subtle, elegant way. It would be difficult to tire of looking at one of Esser’s pieces everyday. Since beginning his work as a fine art photographer in the early 90’s, Esser has made his way into the permanent collections of the Guggenheim and the MET, Centre Pompidou as well as a long list of other European museums. Interior designers especially love his work because of how easy they are to incorporate into just about any style of interior. This image, below, of a dining room designed by Timothy Whealon is the epitome of freshness. Don’t you love the large scale Elger Esser behind the dining table?
His pieces are often a great foil to rooms with lots of pattern and color, like this one, below.
Beautiful in this Victoria Hagan designed living room…
The Esser in this very traditional room, below, helps this space feel current without making too big of a splash.
We shot this Miles Redd-designed family room for our book a few years ago. The young couple who lived here were early collectors of Esser’s work. People are often apprehensive about hanging art on colored walls, but this combination is a testament that it can work–and well. Not suprising considering the man who dreamed up this winning combination!
Plougie l, Frankreich 2012
Villa del Aguila Spanien, 2008
Verdun sur le Doubs, Frankreich, 2009
Limay II Frankreich, 2010
Hommage à Stephen Shore – Veauche, Frankreich 2012
It’s hard to appreciate how stunning his photographs are without seeing them in person. In their large scale format they make quite an impression. Are you as smitten with Esser’s work as we are?!