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Angel of Freedom

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Esther Haase (*1966)2002HamburgDigital Color Print170 x 120 cm

The fashion photographer Esther Haase, winner of several prestigious awards, came to international prominence with her photobook "Fashion in Motion" in 2000. The idea of this project was to communicate a feeling of spontaneity and motion. The highly distinctive aesthetic approach of the work is characterized by aspects such as blurring and an original use of colour. In the choice of motifs, too, the photographer develops visual formulas which breathe dynamism: she sets the scene for the angel, the Christian epitome of innocence and purity, on the Reeperbahn, Hamburg’s famous red-light district, at night. In this context, the chaste denizen of Heaven mutates on the spot into a sensually erotic party queen.