POLAROIDS – From Proof to Artwork
Working with Polaroid materials was initially used for proofs: to determine the optimal exposure times and framing. Until digital photography was definitely introduced in the first decade of the 21st century, this was the most important function of Polaroid material. HGEsch also used these images for test purposes. Yet the images are more than just rejects from the top of the artistic trash pile: They assert a very great autonomy in relation to other works from the same photographer. These at least ten to thirty years old pictures have their own history: small creases and surface tears give them a mysterious aura. A selection will be presented at mirko mayer gallery in Cologne from April 11 until June 29. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book with an extensive selection of HGEsch’s Polaroid pictures.
mirko mayer galerie
11 April 2019, 6-10pm
11 April - 29 June 2019
extended until July 12, by appointment until August 18
Amazing Cologne - from the top of Cologne Cathedral
From 27 October until 2 November 2018, visitors can admire the unique view from top of Cologne Cathedral in the middle of Chinese capital Beijing - and even without having to climb stairs, in a 360° panorama rotunda. The viewer can immerse in the true-to-life panoramic image which was taken from the crossing tower of Cologne Cathedral. Thus making the Rhineland metropolis, despite a distance of almost 8000 km, accessible and tangible. Cologne‘s Mayor Henriette Reker, representatives of the City of Beijing and Hans Georg Esch will open the exhibition on 27 October.
27 October – 2 November 2018
27 October 2018,
at 3:30 pm
South-West Side of the National Stadium (Bird‘s Nest) in Beijing Olympic Green, China
City of Cologne
Leica Camera AG
The Second Image of Silk Road – Tianshui Photography Biennial Guest Exhibition
In the course of the Tianshui Photography Biennale, 85 artists have been invited by an international curatorial team to attend at the guest-exhibition. HGEsch is with his serie „Cities Unknown“ which documents China’s rapidly growing megacities among them.
Martin Rendel, German curator, about Hans Georg Esch: “(…) He’s one of the world’s most successful and prominent architecture photographers. With his epic images he lets us participate in his fascination of Chinese megacities and their surreal skylines which reflect the energy of this country.”
Tianshui City Convention and Exhibition Center
18 Juni 2018, 10.00
18 – 27 June 2018
Gansu Province Federation at Literary and Art Circles
The People’s Government of Tianshui City
Gansu Photographers Association
Tianshui City CPC Committee Propaganda Department
Tianshui City Federation of Literary and Art Circles
Tianshui Photographers Association
Gucang Contemporary Photo Gallery
LIVING ERNST LEITZ HOTEL
The world's first 35mm camera has its origins in Wetzlar - Leica Camera became legend and its story is remixed in the 129 rooms, apartments and suites of the new LIVING ERNST LEITZ HOTEL, Wetzlar. The walls of the hotel visualize the century of photography, HGEsch is present with four pictures.
15 June 2018
arcona LIVING ERNST LEITZ HOTEL
Am Leitz-Park 8
Shanghai 360° Rotunda in Belgrade
In Belgrade, once again visitors can immerse in the true-to-life panoramic image of the Chinese megacity of Shanghai which reveals due to high resolution even the smallest details. Between June 13 and 17, several thousand people are expected to visit and experience the probably most famous metropolis of the Eastern world in the 360 degree rotunda.
13 – 17 June 2018
13 June 2018, 16.00
Art Pavilion "Cvijeta Zuzorić", in the Kalemegdan park
Pedestrian zone, Kneza Mihaila
The Information Office of Shanghai Municipality
Leica Camera AG
Merck Innovation Center – Vernissage und Book Presentation
The ceremonial opening of pharmaceutical global player Merck’s Innovation Center in Darmstadt has been concluded with a book publication, coupled with a currently on-going exhibition about the project. HGEsch accompanied the project over a period of two years, and the resulting comprehensive photographic documentation is complemented by written contributions by Peter Cachola Schmal, Christian Marquardt, Rolf Sachsse, Hans Georg Esch and board members of Merck. Selected photographs by HGEsch are on show in the HENN Gallery in Munich.
5 June 2018, 19.00
6 June – 30 September 2018
Monday – Friday 9.00 – 18.00
Prof. Dr. Gunter Henn
Prof. Dr. Rolf Sachsse
Ernst J. Wasmuth
Verleger Ernst Wasmuth Verlag
Merck Innovation Center - Book Publication
Icon of a New Economic Culture? The Merck Innovation Center in Darmstadt is a meta-innovation itself. “Concrete ramps are winding upwards. Bridge-like areas effortlessly span between the two roundish and diagonally arranged cores. Concreted parapets serving as structural beams heave the forces across a multi-storey open space. Bathed in light and apparently weightless, a new aesthetic is celebrated with the construction of the Merck Innovation Center.” - Peter Cachola Schmal (DAM Frankfurt/Main) about the building which is the subject of this book. Its qualities are presented here in different contexts and from different perspectives – in detail through about 250 pictures by HGEsch and texts by Peter Cachola Schmal, Christian Marquardt, Rolf Sachsse, Hans Georg Esch and board members of Merck.
Editors: HGEsch / HENN
Concept: Rolf Sachsse
Texts: Stefan Oschmann, Kai Beckmann, Jochen Renner, Dietmar Möller, Peter Cachola Schmal, Gunter Henn, Martin Henn, Christian Marquart, Michael Gamber, Rolf Sachsse und Hans Georg Esch
Publishing house: Ernst Wasmuth Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
Translation: Bianca Murphy
Proofreading: Carl Polónyi
Production: Richard Reisen
AL MADAM – The Sand as a Sculptor
In Al Madam, an abandoned village near the border of Abu Dhabi and Oman, sand alters the architecture: defines the heights of the rooms as much as the perspective views, moves the proportions…
Hans Georg Esch who otherwise takes pictures of the most modern buildings in the world is now gliding path to the decay in time but not in great melancholy. On the contrary, he sports a modelled vision discerning precisely between the built, i.d. the man made, and the natural in constant modification. With his camera in precision and commitment, HG Esch records the work of the sand as a sculptor by itself, and this in rooms made by man and now re-conquered by nature. Photographs of this outstanding place will be presented at mirko mayer gallery, Cologne.
mirko mayer galerie
17 April 2018, 14.00
17 April – 29 June 2018
Tuesday – Friday 12.00 – 18.00
Veduta Mundi – Panoramas of the World by HGEsch
The exhibition title refers to Giovanni Battista Piranesi's series vedute di Roma, and artist HG Esch has been engaging in panoramas for several years. In this group of works he combines the panoramic view and the photographic veduta as a characterization of a city. In the course of the Belgrade Photo Month and in cooperation with the Goethe Institut Belgrad, Hans Georg Esch shows his Cityscape photographs which are more than four meters long. The pictures are thorough compositions, they are broad views and yet committed to the central perspective. That makes them vedutas in the function that Instagram and other image collections on the Internet now perform: they show us places where we haven't been yet or which we don't know in this form. So the photographer shows us the world: veduta mundi.
12 April 2018, 20.00
13 – 25 April 2018
Monday – Friday 14.00 – 19.00
Saturday 12.00 – 16.00
Goethe Institut Belgrad
"On the Edge of Photography" - Municipal Art Gallery, Mykonos
In a group exhibition with Candida Höfer, Jürgen Klauke and Harald F. Müller et al, works by HGEsch are shown in Mykonos. The exhibition leads through the variety of the photographic possibilities. Mirko Meyer shows in his exhibition HGEsch's pictures from the series "bamboo".
25/08 – 09/10/2017
municipal art gallery
POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair – Bart Gallery shows HGEsch
The Cologne Bart Gallery is one of the 83 selected galleries from 15 countries, which will be present at the fourth edition of POSITIONS Berlin Art Fair from 14 to 17 September 2017. HGEsch is represented with photographs, which were already shown at Scope Miami in 2016. A catalog accompanies the exhibition.
14/09 – 17/09/2017
Shanghai 360 ° in Roetgen near Aachen
HGEsch's mobile installation puts the Megacity Shanghai into the disparate environment of a small town. The panorama seen in the rotunda was photographed with a Leica S and a specially designed drone.
25/08 – 03/10/2017
Crossing Vennbahnroute at the Bahnhofstraße
Municipality of Roetgen [map]
Community of Roetgen
Kunst- und Kulturzentrum (KuK) der StädteRegion Aachen
Amt für Sozialplanung und Inklusion der StädteRegion Aachen
Shanghai 360˚ in Budapest and Lyon
In Hungary and France, visitors could once again immerse themselves in the true-to-life panoramic image of the Chinese mega-city of Shanghai, which reveals even the smallest details. In the middle of Budapest on Erzsébet Tér, as well as in Lyon on the Place Bellecourt, thousands of visitors came to see the accessible 360° panoramic rotunda. After the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, the Cologne Cathedral and the Milan railway station, two other great sites now followed on central squares. Here the 360° perspective of Shanghai, captured with the help of a precision drone, attracted countless enthusiastic visitors.
The Information Office of Shanghai
HGEsch at KAZimKUBA
Right now the 14th Documenta takes place in Kassel. While the international crowd is attracted by one of the most important contemporary art shows, KAZimKUBA is showing the exhibition ”archidocuments“.
At Archidocuments 4 international renowned architects show their reflection on EUROPA in connection with architecture and urban development for 100 days. Ingenhoven Architects are showing their vision in cooperation with the photographical work of HGEsch.
”Beton am Berg“ – Galerie Omnius, Arles
Exhibition at the Galerie Omnius on the occasion of the Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles 2017, France. From October 2016 to January 2017, the exhibition was shown at the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein.
Ranga Yogeshwar on the occasion of the exhibition opening of ”Beton am Berg“ in the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein: ”Here's someone who looks closely (...), who knows other worlds and perspectives and reveals something surprising. Even the color space of his pictures is unusual: no postcard blue, no tourist perspectives with powder snow and luscious mountain pastures, no sunny cheerful mood, sometimes fog. Pictures in mid-season.“
Rolf Sachsse in the exhibition catalog: ”Coming from architectural photography, where every stone, profile, material surface counts (...), the photographer has explored the peculiarities of the Liechtenstein landscape with similar attention to detail. In his pictures of the country, he is concerned with finding a momentum of the unique. New for each picture, but yet only a little different. (...) He has been looking at the country and the people for a long time and has been observating carefully. Then, calmly, he took his pictures.“
100VIEWS – Book publication
HVB–TOWER MUNICH BY HGESCH
Since 1980, the HVB Tower by Walther and Bea Betz has been one of Munich's landmarks; since 2006 it has been declared a Historic Monument; 2013-16 it was restored and rebuilt by Henn Architekten. HGEsch, an architectural photographer for the largest offices worldwide, has accompanied this revitalization with many cameras. One of these cameras has been installed permanently and has photographed the same picture section at regular intervals, 35000 times - of which 100 views were selected. The fulminant sequence of these images records the effects of light and work on the building in a time loop. The changing light situations reflect like fireworks on a baroque façade. The photographic reproductions of the building works alternate between sunlight and fog, between twilight and nocturnal artificial light. The 100 images are published as a theme with variations in the form of a fan. Two spatial axes thus make the image sequence playfully perceptible. The series of these construction documentations is being continued.
Text: Gunter Henn, Peter Weidenhöfer, Rolf Sachsse
Published in: Verlag Kettler
Translation: Larissa Stillmann
Editing: Patra Lasar
Production Coordinator: Richard Reisen
HVB Tower - Views of HGEsch - Exhibition in the Raumgalerie Stuttgart
"The exhibition [...] shows a special selection of the photographs that were created during the three years when the internationally renowned architectural photographer HGEsch accompanied the restoration work. The large - format prints of his pictures give an immediate, personal insight into a project whose sculptural silhouette has shaped the city of Munich for 35 years and plays an exemplary role as an architectural example of office buildings."
December 08, 2016 -
February 04, 2017
December 07, 2016, 7 pm
Interview PHOTO PRESS
"First understand, then photograph - acting by this strict order, Hans Georg (HG) Esch became one of the most successful architectural photographer in the field of contemporary photography. By documenting the human idea behind a building, he manages to combine the living and the static in his works and gives the viewer an insight to a very special perspective on architecture.
With PHOTO PRESS he talked about his success strategy, new trends in photography and his favorite pictures."
“Beton am Berg” – Exhibition at Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
“HGEsch’s photographs, taken here in the country or elsewhere, make it possible to ascertain one’s surroundings. The title Beton am Berg (Concrete on the Mountain) combines a relatively modern building material, used primarily in urban areas, and the Alpine landscape with its rural connotations. This apparent contradiction reveals a transformation which has long since taken hold in the Alpine regions and especially in wealthy Liechtenstein. HGEsch’s photographs are memorable “snapshots” by an outside observer from which history, stories and change can be derived.”
Fabian Flückiger about HGEsch as mentioned in the catalogue on the occasion of the exhibition “Beton am Berg”.
14 Oktober 2016 –
29 Januar 2017
Städtle 32, P.O. Box 370
9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein
13 October 2016, 6 p.m.
Director Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
Author and Science Journalist
27 Oktober 2016, 18 Uhr
Städtle 32, P.O. Box 370
9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein
Guided tour through the exhibition
6 November 2016, 11 Uhr
Städtle 32, P.O. Box 370
9490 Vaduz, Liechtenstein
"Beton am Berg" – book release
The exhibition will be accompanied by a splendid picture-book containing texts by Stefan Sprenger, Rolf Sachsse, Ulf Meyer and Fabian Flückiger.
Concept and Photos:
Stefan Sprenger, Rolf Sachsse, Ulf Meyer, Fabian Flückiger
Layout and type setting:
“Volkwin Marg: the world of an architect” exhibition at Aedes
Conception and realisation of a 3-channel video- and sound installation within the framework of “Volkwin Marg – the world of an architect” anniversary exhibition in honour of his 80th birthday. The 3-channel video- and sound installation combines the positions “ratio and emotio” – which are of great importance to the architect Volkwin Mark – and furthermore establishes a visual dialogue. Image documents of his expeditions with his three-master “Activ” encounter with pictures of his most important projects “Leipziger Messe” and Olympiastadion Berlin.
Conception and Realisation: Hans-Georg Esch and Oliver Schwabe
Editor: Christian Becker
Sounddesign: Peter Simon
22 Oktober 2016 –
1 Dezember 2016
21 Oktober 2016, 18:30 Uhr
HVB-Tower – Book presentation and photographs by HGEsch
The historical monument HVB-Tower by the architects Walther and Bea Betz from 1981 was extensively energetically redeveloped by HENN, whereas especially the interior was redesigned. For three years, HGEsch has photographically documented the construction site and the finished building. The outcome can be seen in this exhibition, in photographs and in a book publication.
21 July 2016 at 7 pm
Chairman of the management
board HVB Immobilien AG
Prof. Dr. Gunter Henn
Prof. Dr. Rolf Sachsse
Hochschule der Bildenden
Dr. Petra Kiedaisch
Publisher av edition
Kunsthalle Mannheim: „Stadt in der Stadt“ (City within the city)
Exclusively for the Kunsthalle Mannheim (Art Gallery Mannheim), HGEsch and his team realized an image film for the completition of the new building of the Kunsthalle Mannheim.
The film connects footage from the city, animation layers and reproductions of artworks in a vibrant collage, which visualizes and emphasizes the conception and idea of the building.
“Mannheim’s Kunsthalle fundamentally differs from the old type of museums. The underlying design openly hints at the historical urban structure of Mannheim: Seven ‘exhibition houses’ surround a central atrium … The Kunsthalle is a cosmopolitan space incorporating the surrounding city and at the same time incorporating itself through architecture, activities and a fascinating mix of experiences. Simultaneously the urban expanse flows into and through the museum … If the city is seen as a cultural agglomeration then “the city within the city” is a compacted cultural agglomeration, a concentrate and prime of the city surrounding it.”
Hans-Georg Esch & Oliver Schwabe
Director of Photography
Benjamin Wistorf, Nikolas Jürgens, Jonathan Ulmer
HGEsch/field recordings filmproduktion 2016
Gallery Mirko Mayer presents „Bamboo“ in Shanghai
After the presentation of works from the series “Bamboo” by HGEsch at the Art Cologne in April, the gallery Mirko Mayer now presents “Bamboo” in Shanghai at the Photofairs Shanghai. In doing so, the photos of facades coated by bamboo scaffolding find themselves at their place of origin and, in their way, tell of the ongoing boom of Asian megacities.
09–11 September 2016
The ten best German architectural photographers at goethe.de
On the website of the Goethe Institute, architecture critic Falk Jaeger rates HG Esch among the ten best German architectural photographers.
How to live? - Future images from Malevich to Fujimoto
Future designs of more than 100 well-known artists, architects and designers from the Russian avant-garde to our digital age will be on display from December 5 to February 28 in the Wilhelm Hack Museum in Ludwigsburg. The representatives of photographic art include HG Esch next to August Sander, Bernd Häusser, and Bernd and Hilla Becher. The exhibition presents the interrelationship between social and industrial developments and challenges, as well as innovations in visual arts, architecture and design.
05/12/2015 – 28/02/2016
04/12/2015 7 p.m.
bamboo – „Precarious Stems”
COFA Contemporary Cologne
During the COFA Contemporary Cologne from 19 to 22 of November, the Cologne-based mirko mayer gallery shows works from the series "bamboo" by HG Esch, which previously were seen in the rooms of the gallery. In the exhibition catalog, Rolf Sachsse describes the images of the facades of Asian skyscrapers, which are surrounded by huge bamboo scaffolding, as a "sustainable compositions of a temporary state".
Cologne trade fair, Hall 11.2
19 – 22 November
14:00 to 21:00 (by invitation only)
Scope Miami Beach
During the Scope Miami Beach from December 1st to 6th, HG Esch is represented at the Bart Gallery. For the 15th birthday of Scope, 120 exhibitors participate in the art fair, including many established galleries from 22 countries. With its art exhibitions in Miami, Basel, New York, London, and the Hamptons, Scope has attracted an audience of more than one million visitors. The monumental pavilion of Scope is set up again on the legendary Ocean Drive. 45,000 visitors are expected there.
801 Ocean Dr
Presse and VIP
16.00 to 20.00
02/12/2015 - 06/12/2015
11.00 – 20.00
"The beauty of order"
Panel discussion with Stefan Diez and Rolf Hay
In a panel discussion moderated by René Spitz, Lecturer in Design Theory and Design International, and Rolf Hay, owner of the eponymous Danish company, designer Stefan Diez and HG Esch talked about urbanization and architecture as a catalyst for innovative items of daily use in front of 250 participants. The opening of an exhibition of HG Esch's "Urban Structures", which can still be seen until the 21st November at Gärtner in Hamburg, offered the occasion for the discussion.
Gärtner Internationale Möbel
für Büro und Wohnen GmbH
Große Bleichen 23
„Chinaflug” at the Photo Shanghai
After the Chinese Embassy and the Chinese Cultural Center in Berlin, the next stop of the exhibition from the 10/09/2015, is the leading art fair in China and the most important trade fair for international photography in Asia: Photo Shanghai. The photographs in the exhibition show a bird's eye view of China from unseen perspectives. In addition to historical recordings of the flight pioneer Wulf-Diether Graf zu Castell-Rudenhausen (1905-1980) from the early thirties very contemporary photographs by HG Esch are presented in cooperation with Leica. With his Leica, the pilot Graf zu Castell-Rudenhausen photographed areas of China, which hardly any European had ever seen. They are the oldest verifiable aerial photographs of an European aircraft. For his aerial photographs HG Esch used a specially made drone on which a Leica S was attached.
Shanghai Exhibition Cente
Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar
Leica Galerie Salzburg
LFI - Leica Fotografie International
Making of "Chinaflug" in the LFI blog and a feature "China von oben" (China from above) in the August issue of the LFI magazine
Aus freier Hand
Extension of the exhibition "Aus freier Hand" (From a free hand)
Meinhard von Gerkan - 50 years of Architecture in drawings and sketches. With an exhibition film by HGEsch.
Quarks & Co.: Images that change the world
Tuesday, July 14th 2015
21:00 - 21:45 h
with a contribution about the drone photography of HG Esch
King Fahad National Library Riad, 2015
An architectural film by HGEsch
Concept / Director / Camera: Hans Georg Esch & Oliver Schwabe
Editing: Christian Becker
Music: Peter Simon
Production: HGEsch / field recordings filmproduktion 2015
One year after the completion of the King Fahad National Library in Riad, Saudi Arabia, the 4-minute film shows a building portrait, making Dortmund’s Gerber Architekten’s essence clear. The combination of existing and new architecture enriches the city Riad with a striking and representative highlight.
China from the air - Leica-photographs by Graf zu Castell-Rudenhausen and HGEsch
From the 16/06/2015 photographs of China from the air can be seen in the Chinese cultural center Berlin. They open up completely new perspectives on this versatile country. The exhibition is organized by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Federal Republic of Germany, Leica AG and the Chinese Cultural Center in Berlin. In addition to historical recordings of the flight pioneer Wulf-Diether Graf zu Castell-Rudenhausen (1905-1980) from the early thirties, current photographs of the famous architectural photographer HGEsch are presented in collaboration with Leica.
With his Leica, the pilot Graf zu Castell-Rudenhausen photographed areas of China, which hardly any European had ever seen.These recordings are precious documents and the oldest detectable aerial photographs of a European aircraft. Around 1,500 shots are preserved. Based on this and the photographs of HGEsch, you can witness in the Chinese Cultural Center the tremendous transformation of Chinese cities over the last century.
Exhibition from 16 June to 05 July 2015
Vernissage on Tuesday, 06/16/2015 at 18:30
in Chinese Cultural Center in Berlin
In presence of the photographer HGEsch
"Change of perspective"
Aviation Pioneers in China: The Chinese Cultural Center in Berlin shows China's oldest aerial photographs - and contrasts them with pictures of Megacities of today. The tile-roofed houses duck side-by-side. The sea of houses behind meters of massive ramparts of which the gate already looks like a small palace. Only one road paves almost straight to the horizon, two more longitudinal axes traverse Xi'an, the ancient imperial city of China. The aerial shot is razor sharp, even though it is 80 years old. It comes from the flight pioneer Wulf-Diether Graf zu Castell-Rudenhausen and until early July it can be seen in the exhibition "Chinaflug" in the Chinese Cultural Center in Berlin, along with large-scale photographs of the architectural photographer HG Esch from the last five years.
"Chinaflug "at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China
Historical aerial photographs and the latest drones pictures with the Leica.
On June 11 at 19.00 the grand opening of an exhibition with historical and current aerial photographs of China, where each represent an innovation in photography for their time, will take place in the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China. The photographs of the German aviation pioneer Wulf-Diether Graf zu Castell-Rudenhausen from the 30s oppose HGEsch's current Chinese perspectives, which are taken with a 16-engined precision drone.
They visually transport the rapid densification of Chinese megacities. Present and speaking at the opening will be: S.E. Shi Mingde, Ambassador of the PRC, Karl-Ulrich Garnadt, Member of the Group Executive Board Lufthansa Group and CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines, Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development and Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, chairman of Leica Camera A
Text: Petra Lasar, schwarz auf weiß, Rösrath
Italy shows first drone Panorama during the Expo
At Milan central station, a 360° panoramic rotunda awaits tens of thousands of visitors.
The panoramic rotundas by HG Esch were never at a loss for stunning locations. The Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and the Cologne Cathedral are now during the Expo, followed by Milano Centrale, Milan's central station with its daily 320,000 local and international passengers. The rotunda, which shows a completely new 360° perspective of Shanghai, was taken with a precision drone. With its placement in front of the station building, the rotunda has a major opportunity to attract visitors in the six figures.
Milano Centrale, open continuously from 06 to 17 June 2015
Text: Petra Lasar, schwarz auf weiß, Rösrath
Completion LVM 5 "Kristall" with art and book
Completion of the grounds and the inauguration of the art now mark the final completion of the construction project LVM 5, which is documented in a Jovis Verlag publication as a complete work.
With texts by Falk Jaeger and Photos by HGEsch, the book "KRISTALL" documented not only the construction but also the history of Münster LVM Versicherung and the LVM-campus, its interior design, the square design, and the art in its outer space.