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Ernst Haas: Unseen Personal Work (5 Photos)

Ernst Haas: Unseen Personal Work (5 Photos)

© Ernst Haas/Getty Images. Pedestrians crossing a New York street in winter time cast long shadows, 1980.

Ernst Haas (Austrian/American 1921–1986) was a prolific commercial photographer, known for his vibrant color work. His personal work has been kept mostly private, though, and escaped posthumous appreciation. In an effort to restore his place in the photography canon, the Christophe Guye Galerie will soon exhibit a selection of little known large-format works and several rare dye- transfer prints. Some of the works were presented in Haas‘ solo exhibition at MoMA in 1962, the museum‘s very first exhibition of color photography. The exhibition ‘Color Correction’, and former Director of the Musée de l’Elysée, William Ewing’s corresponding book published by Steidl, uncovers the “other” side of Ernst Haas’ work.  The exhibition runs from January 20, 2012 through February 25, 2012.

-courtesy Christophe Guye Galerie.

© Ernst Haas/Getty Images.

 © Ernst Haas/Getty Images. 1978: A cloudy night sky over the Western Skies Motor Motel in Colorado. Colour Photography book.

 © Ernst Haas/Getty Images.California, USA. 1976.

 © Ernst Haas/Getty Images. 1957: A bronco rider hangs onto his mount at a California rodeo. Colour Photography book.

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  1. Is it just me, or is something like that shot of the TV and curtains near-impossible to get with a digital camera? The digitals I’ve used (which are admittedly not professional grade) don’t get anywhere near that kind of nuance in the brights and darks.

  2. Adam – not just you. Along with digital, I still shoot black & white and process and print myself and I love slide film. I think film has way more latitude than digital, but maybe I’m an idiot. Or a relic. I love the shot of the Colorado night sky.

  3. I printed those Dye Transfer prints for Ernst Haas and it was a labor of love.
    He was one of the great photographers of our time.
    He told me that the Dia (slide) was only a means to an end and the print had the most meaning to him.
    Ken Lieberman

  4. I studied with Ernst Haas in 1980 and used to go out shooting with him, just the 2 of us, in silence. He asked me to come and work with him, and I could kick myself for not doing it!
    A remarkable man.
    Now Ive been shooting and publishing all over the world and I thank him for his strong and enlightened guidance.
    Ken Liberman, are you still making prints????

    Nancy Bundt
    Oslo, Norway

  5. I never had the honor to meet Ernst Haas; but I have heard many fascinating stories from Ken Lieberman. Yes, Ken is still making wonderful prints. He printed my Smithsonian (SITES)
    exhibition (Vietnam) that travelled well for 3 years and is now in the archives of UC Berkeley.

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