28
Jan
12

Ernst Haas : Colour Photography

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“I never really wanted to be a photographer. It slowly grew out of the compromise of a boy who desired to combine two goals — explorer or painter. I wanted to travel, see and experience. What better profession could there be than the one of a photographer, almost a painter in a hurry, overwhelmed by too many constantly changing impressions? But all my inspirational influences came much more from all the arts than from photo magazines.” – Ernst Haas

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Ernst Haas
‘New York, 1981′
Colour Photography
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Ernst Haas
‘New York, 1961′
Colour Photography
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Ernst Haas
‘America, 1962′
Colour Photography
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Ernst Haas
‘New York, 1975′
Colour Photography
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Ernst Haas
‘New York, 1975′
Colour Photography
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Ernst Haas
‘America, 1956′
Colour Photography
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Ernst Haas
‘New York, 1952′
Colour Photography
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Ernst Haas
‘Utah, 1969′
Colour Photography
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Haas’s frustration with the limitations of technology pushed him at every turn to be slightly ahead of his time. He was a technological pioneer with the eye of a painter and the soul of a poet. It has been written that before Haas there was no color photography, only colored photographs. Haas’s first color essay was on New York, the city he would ultimately make his home. When the editors of LIFE magazine saw it, they gave it an unheard-of layout of 24 pages and called it “Magic Images of a City”.

Essays on Paris and Venice followed. Ten years later, when the Museum of Modern Art held their first color retrospective, it was the work of Haas they chose to feature. Though a Magnum photographer in the heyday of photojournalism, Haas was not interested in color as reportage. He was interested in the super-reality of dreams. To achieve this he gave commonplace objects and silhouettes new meaning. A reflection brought home the hidden depths underlying a conventional urban storefront; torn posters peeling off buildings shaped themselves into an art gallery. In his quest to produce feelings, he introduced hues and tones never before seen in printed color. And at all times his work was informed and enlightened by a guiding intelligence capable of great and quizzical humor. – [Essay by Inge Bondi]

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Ernst Haas : Website

Ernst Haas : Getty Images

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