Ester Segarra is a renowned metal music photographer, who should need little introduction to well-versed extreme metal devotees. Through her lens, Ester has lifted the veil on extreme music’s most notorious players and in turn become one of the most prolific and significant metal music photographers.
Having captured images of the likes of GHOST, WATAIN, ELECTRIC WIZARD, CATHEDRAL, MAYHEM, KATATONIA, PARADISE LOST, AT THE GATES, CARCASS, DARKTHRONE, ROTTING CHRIST, VENOM, ABBATH, TRIPTYKON, SHINING, BEHEMOTH and others, Ester has been granted unprecedented access to many of the bands she has worked with, allowing her a unique insight that is evident in the images she creates. Those photographs are now preserved in a book that is as much a historical document of a specific period in extreme music, as it is a piece of art in itself.
Ars Umbra is as essential a part of a music collection as the albums it sits alongside. Containing over 150 photographs, spanning over 100 bands – with accompanying texts written by the featured musicians, detailing the stories behind many of the pictures – Ars Umbra beautifully captures the energy of an important part of heavy metal history.
Understanding the umbilical link between visual art and music, Ester commissioned a soundtrack to accompany the book. Inspired by a Macumba ritual she attended, the instrumental soundtrack was written and performed by Uno Bruniusson (ex-In Solitude, Death Alley, Procession); it provides a unique rhythm and adds another layer of artistry to the whole Ars Umbra experience.
Designed in collaboration with Branca Studio and Münster Studio to fit your record collection, the level of attention to detail in the book is second to none. It’s a vinyl size hardcover book with sewn binding, anti-scuff matt lamination and 220 interior pages printed on deluxe paper (Munken Lynx). The soundtrack comes as a digital download card.