Ernesto Esquer – In No Time

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Review by Douglas Stockdale

This is a slim volume with a series of understated, elegant images framed with an expansive amount of classic white margins. The photographs are a combination of toned and hand colored silver gelatin photographs in which the subjects appear to be only casually related without a real sense of a specific narrative.

The contemplative images as sequenced evoke a state of visual mediation. Each photograph appears to be carefully arranged, composed and then paired with a slightly contrasting image. I sense a cross-over of the early modernism of Minor White within a more contemporary framing and yet perhaps a hint of the still earlier Camera Work published by Stieglitz.

The images have a slight hint of surrealism, such as the floating glass vase of flowers that appear to be illuminated by a glowing light that emanates just off the side of the right border. That the sequenced singular images that comprise this body of work create an odd visual dissonance for me, I nevertheless find this photobook intriging.

This is a pensive and delicate collection of images that are housed in a similar style softcover book, where the physical form of the photobook appears to echo the visual style of the body of work.

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Photographer – Ernesto EsquerIn No Time, 2017

Photographer: Ernesto Esquer, resides Tucson, AZ, USA

Publisher: Dark Spring Press (Tucson, AZ, USA)

Introduction: Ken Rosenthal

Text: English

Stiff-cover book with side sewn stitching, four-color lithography, printed & bound by AZ Lithography, Tucson, Arizona

Photobook designer: Andy Burgess and Ernesto Esquer

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