Ernst Haas

Ernst Haas ( born March 2, 1921 in Vienna, † 12 September 1986 in New York ) was an Austrian- American photographer and an early member of the photo agency Magnum Photos.


Ernst Haas was, by his own admission as a child, interest in photography and studied immediately after an aborted medical studies the subject photograph of Graphic Arts and Research Institute in Vienna. As a freelance photojournalist for magazines The film and now he photographed several photos of returning soldiers and invalids. 1947 used the Red Cross his report and photos for identification or merging of victims of war, which was subsequently published in a feature of the magazine Life. Then Haas received an invitation from Robert Capa to join the newly founded Magnum Photos agency. 1950 Ernst Haas was then a full member of Magnum.

In 1951, Haas experimented almost exclusively with color films. With the fascinating photo series " Images of a Magic City (New York) " Haas delivered on Kodachrome color film material then new never before seen impressions and reflections of a big city: His first work in color. The Life magazine published the series in 1953 in two editions. Even his sports report " The Magic of Colours in Motion " never before seen showed aspects of photography with extreme color contrasts caused by partially superimposed footage from motion blur and intentionally blurred images.

In 1958, Haas Vice President of Magnum, following then in 1960 president of the agency.

Ernst Haas ' first solo exhibition was held in 1962 at the Museum of Modern Art. A traveling exhibition sponsored by Kodak documented the film produced by Haas The Art of Seeing. 1966 Haas was partially managing member of Magnum. The early 1970s he made ​​several book projects that primarily deal with Japan and a Zen Buddhist and meditative imagery. Around this time turned to the photographer on the sensational journalism and focused increasingly on quieter designs. A lesser known side of Haas ' work are the American landscape photographs for the cigarette brand Marlboro, which contributed significantly to their image.

Haas experimented with different media like: In 1964, he produced the film The Bible by John Huston, a photo series. In the 1970s he studied preferred audio-visual techniques, the Flower Show and the additional photos maps Flowers (1983). Floral motifs were soon to become the main part of his late work.

Ernst Haas died on September 12, 1986 in New York suddenly of a stroke; shortly before he had completed his multimedia slideshow abstracts.

The Ernst Haas Archive is in the care of Magnum Photos and the Haas Center in New York City.

Publications (selection)

  • A world in ruins, along with Albert Lichtblau and Margit Zuckriegl, Library of the Province, 2005, ISBN 3-85252-487-3
  • Color photographs, Schirmer and Mosel, Munich, 1989, ISBN 3-88814-333-0
  • The creation, in Econ 1971; New edition 1984, ISBN 3-430-13703-9
  • End and beginning, Econ / Zsolnay, 1975; ISBN 3-552-02706-8

Haas has also worked for many prestigious journals and magazines: Among other things, for Vogue, Look, Time or Life magazine.