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Elger Esser, 'Akko I', 2017 (sold out)£300.00

Elger Esser limited edition

Elger Esser, 'Akko I', 2017. Silver-based archival c-print on Fuji Flex paper, 225 gsm, 20 x 27 cm (8 x 10½ in). Edition of 25 + 6 APs. Signed, numbered and dated.


Elger Esser
Akko I, 2017
Silver-based archival c-print on Fuji Flex paper, 225 gsm
20 x 27 cm (8 x 10½ in)
Edition of 25 + 6 APs
Signed, numbered and dated


This limited edition C-type photographic print is a seascape taken at the old city of Akko in Israel. It is part of a body of Elger Esser's recent work produced in the Near East, which is shown in the Parasol unit exhibition titled Morgenland.

Akko I was taken during Elger Esser's trip to Israel in 2015. Captured from a distance, its quiet and serene beauty is disturbing because it is in such stark contrast to what we know of the conflicts taking place in the region today. It is part of a group of landscape photographs which aim to present a timeline of conflicts, dating from the Byzantine period to recent times, showing the development and decay of cultural periods. Over centuries, four religions have made Akko their home, making it a city built in layers upon layers of different cultures.

Elger Esser, born in Stuttgart in 1967, now lives and works in Düsseldorf. In the 1990s he studied with Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. In 2016, he was awarded the prestigious Oskar Schlemmer Preis and he has had extensive solo exhibitions. Esser’s works are also exhibited in numerous institutional collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.


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