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Ernst Haas in Black and White is a revelation - of the sheer scope and quality of Haas's work in this medium, and of a vision years ahead of its time. For decades, Ernst Haas's name has been synonymous with color photography. A pioneer, he explored color's expressive power, breaking ground in works like his stunning 1971 book, The Creation. His triumphs in color overshadowed a prodigious and important body of work in black and white. Only now, six years after Haas's death, has his legacy in black-and-white photography been brought to light.
The 114 photographs presented here were culled from the Haas archive through the efforts of Haas's son, Alexander, and Haas's friend Jim Hughes, a distinguished editor, writer, and photographic critic. They were drawn from some 100,000 negatives created by Haas from 1945 into the 1960s. Over half are unpublished, and many of those that were published had been lost in the rush of history.
Ernst Haas started photographing in black and white as a young man during World War II, when he witnessed the horrors of war within his own beloved Vienna. He found his salvation through the camera. In 1947 he created a series of photographs showing Austrian prisoners of war returning to Vienna, an intensely moving documentation that was to lead, in part, to an invitation from Robert Capa to become one of the earliest members of Magnum. Haas then spent much of the postwar period on a personal quest to celebrate the world of freedoms so long denied him. His journeys took him to the Americas, Asia, the South Pacific, and Europe. Whatever the subject, his goal was art and poetry, rather than photojournalism.
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What most distinguishes the photographs in this collection is the high regard for humanity. Whether he was depicting a quiet moment or intense action, Haas always couched his subjects in a lyrical, often poetic style. Best known for the color photography that appeared in such books as The Creation ( LJ 9/15/71), Haas was clearly a brilliant photographer who relied upon his intuitive abilities to observe and then capture key moments on film. His kind of photography cannot be taught and really cannot be learned. He simply had the eye, the disposition, and the native talent of a great artist. This large-format book is beautifully printed on quality paper and is well worth the price. Highly recommended for all public and academic libraries.
- Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, Ill.
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Book Description Bulfinch Pr, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110821219081
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