Ernst Haas  (American/Austrian, 1921-1986) 

Ernst Haas (Austrian, March 2, 1921–September 12, 1986) was an influential photographer most recognized for his innovations in color photography as well as his use of Abstract light. In his early years, Haas was set on medicine, attending medical school in Austria. In 1947, he had a change of direction and left school to become a staff photographer for the Heute magazine. He won acclaim for his photo essay about Vienna prisoners of war coming home. He also received an offer to join Magnum Photos.

In 1953, Haas moved to New York, NY, and produced a color photo essay for Life/ on the city. Life commissioned additional spreads on Venice and Paris from Haas. Popular Photography magazine considered Haas to be one of the top ten photographers in the world by 1958. In 1962, the Museum of Modern Art hosted a one-man exhibition of his color photographs. Haas published his first photo book, Elements, in 1963.

Haas was famous for his intentionally out of focus photographs. In 1964, Haas was hired to direct the creation sequence for the film The Bible. The year 1971 brought about Haas's development of a photo book called The Creation. This was not the end of his work with film. He also worked on The Misfits in 1961 as well as in 1969. In 1970, Haas worked on the film Little Big Man, followed by Heaven's Gate in 1980. In 1986, the Hasselblad Award was given to Haas for his photography.

Haas created several books throughout his career, including In America in 1975, Deutschland in 1977, and Himalayan Pilgrimage in 1978. Prior to his death in 1986, Haas was working on chapter ideas and picture layouts for a book that he never finished. His children and former colleagues took matters into their own hands and finished the book. A Colour Retrospective 1952-1986 was published in 1989 by Thames and Hudson. The book provided an insight into Haas's photographic philosophy.

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Afterimage Gallery
Ernst Haas, Arizona


Ernst Haas
Afterimage Gallery
Ernst Haas, Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA


Ernst Haas
Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Bruce Silverstein
Ernst Haas, Arizona


Ernst Haas

Weston Gallery, Inc.
Ernst Haas, Peeling Paint, USA


Ernst Haas
Peeling Paint, USA

Atlas Gallery
Ernst Haas, Leaves and Shadows, Vienna


Ernst Haas
Leaves and Shadows, Vienna

Atlas Gallery
Ernst Haas, Locksmith's Sign, NYC


Ernst Haas
Locksmith's Sign, NYC

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Ernst Haas, Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico


Ernst Haas
Route 66, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Ernst Haas, Albert Einstein, Princeton, New Jersey


Ernst Haas
Albert Einstein, Princeton, New Jersey

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Ernst Haas, La Suerte De Capa, Pamplona, Spain


Ernst Haas
La Suerte De Capa, Pamplona, Spain, 1956
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Ernst Haas, Western Skies Motel, Colorado


Ernst Haas
Western Skies Motel, Colorado, 1978
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Ernst Haas, Monument Valley, U.S.A., Utah


Ernst Haas
Monument Valley, U.S.A., Utah, 1962
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1921   Born on March 2 in Vienna, Austria
1935 - 1938   Attends highschool at the LEH Grinzing in Vienna
1939   Receives diploma from the Rainier Gymnasium, Vienna
1941   Enters the Graphische Lehr und Versuchsanstalt (Graphic Arts Institute) in Vienna leaves after one semester
1943 - 1945   Works in a photographic studio in Vienna
1949   Begins working for "Heute" and offered a job as staff photographer by Life magazine which he declines
Joins "Magnum" magazine instead
1951   Won Gold Medal Art Directors Club of New York for Essay on New York
1952   Honor Roll, American Society of Magazine Photographers
1953   Travels to Asia to cover the Vietnam war
1954   Leavitt Award, American Society of Magazine Photographers
1955   Travels to Indonesia
1950 - 1958   Photographs for Life magazine
1958   The Art Directors Club Medal Special Award, Art Directors Club of New York
1958   Newhouse Award, Syracuse University
1960   Gold Medal, Art Directors Club of New York
1960   Shoots movie stills for "The Misfits"
1961   Gold Medal, Art Directors Club of Philadelphia
1962   Medal for Architectural Photography, The American Institute of Architects
1963   Silver Medal, Designers & Art Directors Association of London
1967   Newhouse Award, S.I. Newhouse Citation, Syracuse University
1968   Indian government invites him to visit and document the plight of Tibetan refugees
1971   Honor Roll, American Society of Magazine Photographers
1972   American Society of Magazine Photographers Honor Roll
Der Kulturpreis der Deutschen Gesellschaft fur Photographie (German Photographic Society)
1973   Ehrenzeichens in Gold, Bundeskammer der Gewerblichen Wirtschaft, Wien
1972 - 1974   First assignment for Marlboro cigarettes, an acacoutn that would continue for 12 years
1976   Kodak Fotobuchpreis for IN DEUTSCHLAND
1977   Produces larger color print ever produced until this time an 18 x 60 foot print "Impalas Grazing" at Grand Central Station
1978   Wilson Hicks Award, University of Miami
1979   Executive Chamber Citation, State of New York
1980   Merit Award, Art Directors Club of New York
1982   Annual Playboy Editorial Award
1983   Award of Distinctive Merit, Society of Publication Design XVII
1985   The Photographic Administrator AWard for Creative Achievement
Honorary Master of Science in Professional Photography, Brooks INstitute, Santa Barbara, California
1986   Ema and Victor Hasselblad Foundation Gold Medal and Photographic Prize
Leica Medal of Excellence: Master of Photography
Goldens Verdienstkreuz des Landes Wien, Austria
The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography
1986   Dies of a stroke on September 12.
2001   Ann Shanks Gallery, Sheffield, Mass. ERNST HAAS: COLOR AND BLACK AND WHITE.
2000   Soho Triad Fine Arts, New York. ERNST HAAS : NEW YORK.
2000   Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine. PHOTOGRAPHING MAINE: 1840–2000.
International Center of Photography, New York, REFLECTIONS IN A GLASS EYE, Works from the International Center of Photography Collection.
Brooke Alexander, New York, PHOTOGRAPHS OF NEW YORK.
Whitney Museum of Art, New York, EDWARD STEICHEN, Haas photographs included in the partial recreation of the Family of Man Exhibition.
1998   Michael Hoppen Photography, London, U.K. ONLY TIME WILL TELL. 1999 Connoly's, London, U.K. CONTOUR AND COLOUR: ERNST HAAS AN EXHIBITION OF COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHY
1997   Uma Gallery, New York City. MATERS IN PHOTOGRAPHY: Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ernst Haas, Andre Kertesz, Eugene Smith, Roman Vishniac 1999 Ann Shanks Gallery, Sheffield, Massachusetts, ERNST HAAS AND W.EUGENE SMITH
1995   Barcelona, Spain. POSTWAR EUROPE, 1945–1965. ART AFTER THE FLOOD.
G.Ray Hawkins Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. ACT II: KISSING
1994   Paris, London, MAGNUM AND THE CINEMA.
1994   A.O.I. Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. REDISCOVERY OF A NEW VISION. (solo)
Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington, D.C. ERNST HAAS IN BLACK AND WHITE.
Etherton Gallery, Tucson, Arizona. ERNST HAAS IN BLACK AND WHITE.
1993   The Camera Obscura Gallery, Denver, Colorado. ERNST HAAS IN BLACK AND WHITE.
1992   International Center of Photography, Midtown. ERNST HAAS IN BLACK AND WHITE
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York City. American Photographs 1950-1975 1993 A.O.I. Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. UNPUBLISHED BLACK AND WHITE IMAGES.
1988 - 1989   New York, International Center of Photography. MASTER PHOTOGRAPHS FROM "PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE FINE ARTS" EXHIBITIONS, 1959–1967.
1987   Paris, Palais de Tokyo. LE TEMPS D'UN MOUVEMENT: AVENTURES ET MESAVENTURES DE L'INSTANT PHOTOGRAPHIQUE. Organized by the Centre National de la Photographie.
1987   Gothenborg, Sweden. Rshsska Konstslsjdmuseet. ERNST HAAS.
1986   Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology. TO SEE, TO BE. (solo)
Houston, Larry Kauffman Galleries. ERNST HAAS PHOT0GRAPHS.
Newton Upper Falls, Mass., Silver Visions Gallery. ERNST HAAS.
Vienna, Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts. 1921 ERNST HAAS 1986.
1986   Hanover, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College. IN SPITE OF EVERYTHING, YES.
1985   New York, Pace/McGill Gallery. PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE MAGNUM ARCHIVES 1932–1967.
Beijing, Workers' Cultural Palace. NEW YORK - THE CITY AND ITS PEOPLE.
1985   Santa Barbara, Calif., Western States Museum of Photography. ERNST HAAS.
1983 - 1985   Vienna, Graz, and Linz; Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum und Kunstlerhaus, and Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz. GESCHICHTE DER FOTOGRAFIE IN ·STERREICH. (The History of Photography in Austria).
1984   St. Louis Botanical Garden (solo)
1983   Vienna, Stadthalle. FOTOGRAFIE 83.
1982   Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art; Rochester, New York, International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House. COLOR AS FORM: A HISTORY OF COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY.
1982   Salzburg, Galerie Fotohof. ERNST HAAS: HEIMKEHRER. (Returning Soldiers).
1980 - 1981   New York, International Center of Photography; Tucson, University of Arizona; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Long Beach, The Art Galleries, California State University; Wilmington, Delaware Art Museum.
1980   S?o Paulo, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo. FOTOGRAFIA ARTE E USO (Photography, Art, and Usage).
Cologne, Photokina. GLANZLICHTER DER PHOTOGRAPHIE: 30 JAHRE PHOTOKINA BILDERSCHAUEN. (Highlights of Photography: 30 Years of Looking at Pictures).
Princeton, The Squibb Gallery. I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC.
1980   Minneapolis, Elayne Art Gallery. THE CREATION. (solo)
1979   New York, Fifth Avenue stores. CELEBRATION: NEW YORK IN COLOR.
Innsbruck, Linz, Graz, and Vienna; Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Neue Galerie am Wolfgang Gurlitt Museum, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts. PHOTOGRAPHIE ALS KUNST 1879–1979, KUNST ALS PHOTOGRAPHIE 1949–1979.
Venice. VENEZIA '79: LA FOTOGRAFIA. Exhibited at various locations throughout the municipality.
1978   New York, The Museum of Modern Art. MIRRORS AND WINDOWS: AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY SINCE 1960.
1978   Cologne, Photokina. IN DEUTSCHLAND. (solo)
New York, Space Gallery. THE CREATION AND OTHER DYES. (solo)
1977   Milan, Sezione Culturale, Comune di Milano. SICOF' '77.
1976 - 1977   Madrid, La Fotogalerâa. ERNST HAAS.
1976   New York, Space Gallery. ERNST HAAS.
New York, International Center of Photography, and Port Washington Public Library. ERNST HAAS: AN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE.
1976   Cologne, Kunsthalle Kslnischer Kunstverein Forum. PHOTOKINA: WELTMESSE DER PHOTOGRAPHIE.
Vienna, Rathaus, Volkshalle. REFLECTIONS: IMAGES OF AMERICA.
1975 - 1976   New Haven, Yale University Art Gallery. COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY: INVENTORS AND INNOVATORS, 1850–1975.
1975   New York, Austrian Institute. ERNST HAAS: POSTWAR PHOTOGRAPHS 1945–1949.
1974   Vienna, Kulturhaus der Stadt Graz im Steirischen Herbst '74, Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts. KREATIVE FOTOGRAFIE AUS ·STERREICH.
1973   Jerusalem, The Israel Museum. THE CONCERNED PHOTOGRAPHER 2. Organized by Cornell Capa in cooperation with The International Fund for Concerned Photography and traveled throughout Europe and the United States.
Hamburg, 3. WELTAUSTELLUNG DER PHOTOGRAPHIE: UNTERWEGS ZUM PARADIES. (3rd World Exhibition of Photography: The Path to Paradise).
1973   Eisenstadt, Landesgalerie im Schloss Esterhazy. ERNST HAAS: HEIMKEHRER. (Returning Soldiers).
Vienna, ·sterreichisches Museum fÄr Angewandte Kunst. ERNST HAAS: DIE SCHOPFUNG. (The Creation).
Vienna, ·sterreichisches Museum fÄr Angewandte Kunst. ERNST HAAS: DIE SCHOPFUNG. (The Creation). (solo)
1972 - 1973   London, Camden Arts Center. PHOTOGRAPHY INTO ART: AN INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHY. Sponsored by The Arts Council of Great Britain.
1972   Vienna and Graz, Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts; Kulturhaus, Kulturamt der Stadt Graz. ERNST HAASÑNACHKRIEG. (After the War).
Cologne, Photokina. ERNST HAAS: DIE SCH·PFUNG. (The Creation).
1971   New York, Rizzoli Gallery. THE CREATION. (solo)
1968 - 1971   New York, Asia House Gallery. ANGKOR AND BALl: TWO WORLDS OF ERNST HAAS. Under the auspices of The American Federation of Arts traveled to Allingdale, Mich., Grand Valley State College; Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum; Columbia, Mo., Stephens College; Canada, University of Manitoba; Kent, Conn., Kent BoysÕ School; Fayetteville, University of Arkansas.
1967   Ottawa, The National Gallery of Canada. PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE 20TH CENTURY. Organized by The George Eastman House of Photography and traveled to Saskatoon, The Mendel Art Center; Sherbrooke, Quebec, Sherbrook? University Art Gallery; Kingston, The Agnes Etherington Art Center, Queens University.
1966   Lincoln, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska. AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY: THE SIXTIES.
1965   New York, Gallery of Modern Art. IPEX.
1965   THE ART OF SEEING. An exhibition organized by Kodak that traveled to Mexico, England, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Finland, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Brazil.
1964   St. Louis, Steinberg Hall, Washington University. ERNST HAAS / COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY.
New York, The IBM Gallery. POETRY IN COLOR. (solo)
1964   Hamburg, Kunsthallen und Kulturinstituten. WELTAUSSTELLUNG DER PHOTOGRAPHIE. (World Exhibition of Photography).
New York, The Museum of Modern Art. THE PHOTO ESSAY.
1963   ERNST HAAS WORLD OF COLOR, One-man show sponsored by Eastman Kodak, Exhibited on five different continents.
1962   New York, The Museum of Modern Art. ERNST HAAS: COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY.
Sponsored by Manchini Newspaper, Japan, ERNST HAAS: COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY.
1960   Cologne, Germany, Photokina. ERNST HAAS.
1960   THE WORLD AS SEEN BY MAGNUM PHOTOGRAPHERS. Organized by Magnum Photos with the cooperation of the Mainichi Newspapers of Japan and circulated throughout the world.
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE FINE ARTS.
1959   Rochester, George Eastman House. PHOTOGRAPHY AT MID-CENTURY.
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE FINE ARTS. 1960 New York, The Museum of Modern Art. THE SENSE OF ABSTRACTION IN CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY.
1957 - 1958   New York, The Museum of Modern Art. SEVENTY PHOTOGRAPHERS LOOK AT NEW YORK.
1955   New York, The Museum of Modern Art. THE FAMILY OF MAN.
1953   New York, The Museum of Modern Art. POSTWAR EUROPEAN PHOTOGRAPHY.
1951   New York, The Museum of Modern Art. MEMORABLE LlFE PHOTOGRAPHS.
1947   American Red Cross Headquarters, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1992    "Ernst Haas in Black and White" (Bulfinch, 1992)
1989    "Ernst Haas: Color Photography" (Harry N. Abrams, 1989)
1978    "Himalayan Pilgrimage" (Viking Press, 1978)
1977    "In Germany" (Viking Press, 1977)
1975    "In America" (Viking Press, 1975)
1971    "The Creation" (Viking Press, 1971)