Esther Ségal’s eclecticism

In the photograph, the installation by Ester Ségal consisting of four photographs depicting men, women and natural environments with a black background
Séries des sables, tirage couleur numérique, 90x150 cm, 2017-2018

Esther Ségal was born in 1973 in Paris, a city where she still lives. After her university studies she obtained her PhD at the Department of Art Sciences. From 2000 until today, she participated in about sixty exhibitions in France and abroad. Since 2016 she exhibits at the Baudouin-Lebon gallery. I myself have invited her to various group exhibitions: which I will mention a few – “The Black” (set up at Villa Tamaris in La Seyne-sur-Mer and Musée Jose Luis Cuevas in Mexico City), “Kafka was Prague, Prague was Kafka” (set up, among other things, at Anthony’s Baudouin art centre and at the Scoglio di Quarto gallery in Milan) and “Leçons de ténèbres” (set up at the Centre d’art de Mont-de-Marsan, église de Beaugency).

Esther worked as a theatre actress and as a photographer with portraiture. She has also written various books, including, in 2016, one on the aesthetics of photography (“De l’Un-précis“), and in 2017 the play “Rédemption”. Lastly, for years she has collaborated with the Protestant Radio Fréquence, where she has a weekly column.


Her work first developed on a photographic surface with an abstract character, engraved with numerous needle-sticks to create a writing similar to the Braille alphabet; the abstract surface then gave way to landscapes. Esther has recently created classically inspired paintings, such as triptychs and polyptychs. These works are characterized by the subversion of the iconographic codes of the past, without, however, a critical vein, blasphemous or humorous: her inspiration for classical codices preserves the formal aspect of great religious or mythological themes.

This way of conceiving art makes Esther Ségal one of the most fascinating and original artists in the world of photography and art in general.