The Jungle of Cities
H.G. Esch has worked successfully as an architectural photographer for the major offices that effectively design today's urban space and that of the future. His passion for his work often makes him forget the boundaries between commissioned and freelance jobs.
Spaces pile up in the air and H.G. Esch's architecture photographs present where narrow megacities become even narrower in a highly aesthetic, image-filling density. Esch learned the craft classically; the buildings and cities that he documents reads like a list of powerful economic centers of the globe. Supplementing and complementing his work are the images of the gigantic housing blocks of those who keep these economic and production machines going.
H.G. Esch meticulously observes the changing of light at the Chrysler Building in New York, one of the historic landmarks of the emerging United States and its early economic success. The elegant crown of the office tower in the style of American Art Déco changes from deep brown, to rapturous violet to bright blue. It seems to be like a barometer of the mood change in nearby Wall Street, a place that has shaped the whole world since the thirties at the latest.
But the faces of the numerous other and new mega-cities are in unremitting change – the next building boom will bring with it new architectural fashions again summoning H.G. Esch to document them in classical perfection.
|1964||born in Neuwied/Rhine, Germany|
classical education as photographer
|since 1989||freelance architecture photographer|
Marienburg, Editor: Wolfram Hagspiel, photographs by Hans Georg Esch, Bachem Verlag, 2007
Gebaut, Editor: Nebel und Pössl, photographs by Hans-Georg Esch, Karl Krämer Verlag, 2007
Kunst/Art Lufthansa Aviation Center, Editor: Max Hollein/Nicolaus Schafhausen, photographs by Hans-Georg Esch, revolver, 2007
KPF Selected Works, Editor: J.Wiliam Davis, photographs by Hans-Georg Esch, images Publishing, 2005
Bugatti Molsheim, Editor: Gunter Henn, photographs by Hans-Georg Esch, Junius Verlag, 2005
Zukunft gestalten, Editor: LBBW, photographs by Hans-Georg Esch, 2005
Das Projekthaus, Editor: Gunter Henn, photographs by Hans-Georg Esch, Junius Verlag, 2004
Mercedes-Benz Brand Places, Editor: Daimler Chrysler AG, photographs by Hans-Georg Esch, avedition GmbH, 2004
Romanische Kirchen in Köln und ihr historisches Umfeld, Editor: Hiltrud Kier, photographs by Hans-Georg Esch, Bachem Verlag, 2004
Ingenhoven und Partner energies, Editor: Kristin Feireiss, photographs by Hans-Georg Esch, Birkhäuser 2003
Architektur und Design, Editor: Ingenhoven,Overdiek und Partner/KMS Team, photographs by Hans-Georg Esch, Birkhäuser, 2001
Kirchen in Köln, Editor: Hiltrud Kier, photographs by Hans-Georg Esch, Bachem Verlag, 1999
Hans Georg Esch, City and Structure, Editor: Kristin Feireiss, 2008