“MOVE!” by Esther Haase at the Leica Gallery Düsseldorf

The Leica Galerie Düsseldorf is presenting the exhibition "MOVE!" by Esther Haase until 24 July. Visitors will have the opportunity to see impressive works by the photographer with shots that Esther Haase calls "her favourites". Among them is the series "Je t'aime", photographed especially for S Magazine with the Leica S, as well as completely new works that have not been exhibited before. The four most frequent exclamations of the photographer - "Move!", "Hold it!", "Do it again!" and "I love it!" - guide the visitor through the exhibition.

Fish and Chips with the Queen, London 2018, © Esther Haase

The Leica Galerie Düsseldorf is presenting the exhibition "MOVE!" by Esther Haase until 24 July. Visitors will have the opportunity to see impressive works by the photographer with shots that Esther Haase calls "her favourites". Among them is the series "Je t'aime", photographed especially for S Magazine with the Leica S, as well as completely new works that have not been exhibited before. The four most frequent exclamations of the photographer - "Move!", "Hold it!", "Do it again!" and "I love it!" - guide the visitor through the exhibition.

"Move!" and "Do it again!" give an insight into Esther Haase's typical colourful imagery with its spontaneity and informality of the moment. "Hold it!" shows portraits full of character, in which she creates spaces of tranquillity and puts the trusting encounter with her counterpart into the picture. "I love it!" is an expression of Esther Haase's detail-loving way of working: only when the maximum of the feeling of a situation to be brought out has been captured does the photographer feel satisfied with her work - as the intimate and erotic shots taken with the Leica S prove in a single and expressive way.

Each photograph is a moment in a wonderful short story - and we are right in the middle of it. "For me, the most important thing is to create an impression of spontaneity - the trace of a movement," says Esther Haase. Liveliness and dynamism, combined with the photographer's subtle intuition - this is the only way to create the atmosphere from which the typical pictorial worlds, charged with consistently powerful femininity, come to life. It is a dance of the senses between photographer, camera and model.

F.C. Gundlach wrote in the foreword to the illustrated book Esther's World: "Esther's pictures celebrate the joy of being, passion, the self-confident play with sexuality, the escape from the rigid corset of everyday life, but above all the human being in its entirety: adventurous, strong, bold, erotic, sometimes also melancholy and introverted, but always completely with herself. Her female characters are confident and commanding, like Esther herself they are full of energy and emotion, always in dynamic motion."

 

About Esther Haase

The photographer, who lives in Hamburg and London, has been working for international clients and renowned magazines for many years. She playfully switches between the genres of fashion, portrait, reportage and free art projects. She has photographed Vivienne Westwood, Angela Merkel and Karl Lagerfeld, worked for Indian Vogue, Italian Vanity Fair and Madame Figaro, and realised advertising campaigns for GUESS and Escada. Her work is represented in international museums and collections.

Taking into account the currently valid Corona guidelines, the exhibition "MOVE!" by Esther Haase can be seen Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., until June 24, 2021at the Leica Galerie Düsseldorf in the KÖ Galerie (Königsallee 60).

The Splash, Olga, Miami, November 1999, © Esther Haase


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