A new photography exhibition at the Galleria Alessandra Bonomo showcases Elger Esser’s eleven photograph interpretations of the world’s picturesque landscapes. “Breathtaking” is just one of the words that can be used to describe the art works on display. The German artist captures the peace and quiet of fascinating twilight in Israel, the earth’s shadow rising at sunset on the lake Chantecoq in France or golden waters of Edfu, in Egypt. All these deep and luminous landscapes are connected to the idea of cultural layer, which can be considered as a leitmotif of the Esser’s legacy. As the photographer says: “I am half French, half German, I grew up in Italy. So there is deep European view in my works. The idea of a cultural layer lies behind of every work presented at the Gallery”.
This exhibition also became a great occasion to demonstrate the new technique invented by Elger Esser. He became the first artist who started to print photographs on a silver-coated copper plates. This technique can be perceived as a retrace to the history of photography. It consists of a fusion of three elements important in photography: copper – which was a supportive material for photogravure, silver – basic element of photographic process and sheet film.
“The idea of printing on silver-coated copper plate is interesting and quite unusual. This is my first time seeing works like this” – says Rudimante Belardi, art historian and assistant to the curator of the exhibit. Elger Esser’s landscapes, full of innocent and serene beauty, where the eye cannot catch the borders, make objects seem infinite and timeless. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the beholder is given a lot to admire Elger Esser’s exhibition at the Galleria Allessandra Bonomo.
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