Wednesday, May 4, 2011

ERNST HAAS: New York: Magic City

Clouds and Skyline, New York, 1957


May 6 - June 4, 2011

Details here. (in French)

Gallerie Basai Embiricos

Gallerie Photo 12

Ernst Haas (1921-1986) is considered one of the most important photographers of the second part of the 20th century. Haas attended medical school in Austria, but, in 1947, left to become a staff photographer for the magazine Heute. 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 Magazine. Life 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.

In 1964, film director John Huston hired Haas to direct the creation sequence for Huston's 1964 film, The Bible. Haas continued working on the theme, producing the photo book, The Creation in 1971. Other photography books by Haas included In America in 1975, a tribute to his adopted country for its bicentennial year; Deutschland in 1977; and Himalayan Pilgrimage in 1978. Other films that Haas worked on included The Misfits in 1961, Hello, Dolly! in 1969, Little Big Man in 1970, and Heaven's Gate in 1980. Haas also photographed a number of advertising campaigns for Marlboro cigarettes.

In 1986, Haas received the Hasselblad Award for his photography. He died September 12, 1986. (More here)

The Paris exhibitions are conducted under the direction of Victoria and Alex Haas will include a selection of previously unpublished photographs. It will include vintage prints, contemporary prints and dye transfer prints.

Related - New Book: Colour Correction by Ernst Haas, published by Steidl

The Cross, New York, 1966

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