13.07.2023  •  Events NEWS

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‘I like to work best when I am moving’ - fashion photographer ESTHER HAASE in the ‘BFF Hall of Fame’

German photographer and filmmaker Esther Haase has been inducted into the BFF Hall of Fame together with Dutch photographer and director Anton Corbijn. “With these two inductions, we would like to set an example for the excellence in photography and film for which our association stands. It’s a celebration of photography and creativity, particularly in times of heated discussions about how images are created,” says BFF.

“We are especially delighted to honor Esther Haase because she stands for the very idea behind the induction into the BFF Hall of Fame: Members who join the BFF at the beginning of their career subsequently leave their mark on the association over the years with their growing personality and their internationally renowned work. In this way, they contribute to the advancement of BFF and its members as active role models. And that’s precisely what happened in the biography of Esther Haase: Having joined the BFF at the age of 29 – with BFF honorable chair F.C. Gundlach, meanwhile deceased, as her mentor, she has been working for international clients and renowned magazines for many years.”


And BFF continues: “Esther playfully transcends the genres fashion, portrait, reportage and personal art projects. She has photographed Vivienne Westwood, Angela Merkel and Karl Lagerfeld, and has worked for Vogue and Vanity Fair or has realized advertising campaigns for Guess and Escada. Her work is meanwhile represented in well-known museums and collections. In Esther’s multifaceted oeuvre, several things come together: the pleasure of photographing but above all the pleasure of staging people and fashion.

In her work, she unfolds the entire breadth and depth of an ingenious director and theater trainer, driven by empathy, a chronicler of an erotic and always self-confident image of a woman. Her photos are a dance with the camera, which she celebrates just as much in her private life. Everything is choreography. Nothing appears unnecessarily difficult, forced or stilted. Snapshot romanticism and short stories, along with motion blur, are the stylistic tools employed by her to craft her images. Her cinematic visual worlds full of imagination give viewers the feeling, tongue quite knowingly in cheek, that life is a shimmering stage upon which no one should take themselves and others for that matter all too seriously amid all the scenery, costumes, masks and makeup.”

The association, founded in 1969 and headquartered in Stuttgart, sees itself as the official professional organization of commercial photographers with artistic standards. Within the BFF, Esther shares a very special friendship, that between her and honorable chair of BFF, F.C. Gundlach.

The ceremony took place on 16 June as part of the exhibition opening at Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. From 17 June to 1 July, 2023, her photographic and cinematic work were on display there.

 
ESTHER HAASE x BFF Hall of Fame

ESTHER HAASE x BFF Hall of Fame

 
ESTHER HAASE x BFF Hall of Fame

ESTHER HAASE x BFF Hall of Fame

 
ESTHER HAASE x BFF Hall of Fame

ESTHER HAASE x BFF Hall of Fame

 
ESTHER HAASE x BFF Hall of Fame

ESTHER HAASE x BFF Hall of Fame

 
ESTHER HAASE x BFF Hall of Fame

ESTHER HAASE x BFF Hall of Fame

 
ESTHER HAASE x BFF Hall of Fame

ESTHER HAASE x BFF Hall of Fame

 
ESTHER HAASE x BFF Hall of Fame

ESTHER HAASE x BFF Hall of Fame

 
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