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Ernst Haas


PhotoUtopia Intro: Haas seems to inhabit a world with magical light properties, as if through his lens the world shifts and becomes a world of haunted shadows and striking shards of light. He creates amazing images with minimal visual information. The middle picture above is from a set I helped exhibit a decade ago in London, but I could find no trace of it on the internet.

Wikipedia*Ernst Haas (March 2, 1921, Vienna – September 12, 1986, New York), was an Austrian artist and influential photographer noted for his innovations in color photography, experiments in abstract light and form, and as a member of the Magnum Photos agency.
His photo essay for the magazine on prisoners of war coming home to Vienna won him acclaim and an offer to join Magnum Photos from Robert Capa. Haas and Werner Bischof were the first photographers invited to join Magnum by the founders Capa, David "Chim" Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and Bill Vandivert.

Haas moved to New York City and in 1953 produced a 24-page, color photo essay on the city for Life, which then commissioned similar photo spreads on Paris and Venice. In 1962, the Museum of Modern Art mounted a one-man show of Haas' color photos. Haas' first photo book, Elements, was published the next year.

Official Site: http://www.ernst-haas.com/
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