Photographer – Ernesto Esquer – In No Time, 2017
Photographer: Ernesto Esquer, resides Tucson, AZ, USA
Publisher: Dark Spring Press (Tucson, AZ, USA)
Introduction: Ken Rosenthal
Stiff-cover book with side sewn stitching, four-color lithography, printed in Arizona
Photobook designer: Andy Burgess and Ernesto Esquer
Notes: 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.
These images have a slight hint of the surreal, such as the floating glass vase of flowers that appear to be illuminated by the glowing light that emanates just off the side of the right border. A pensive and delicate set of images that are housed in a similar style softcover book, where the physical form appears to echo the visual style.