Master Photographer Series - Ernst Haas

Ernst Haas (1921-1986) is considered one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. I became familiar with his photographs I saw in Life Magazine long before I became a professional photographer.

Haas began as a photojournalist in Austria and later became a member of Magnum. But it was his innovative color photography that set him apart. His motion studies and rich Kodachrome color abstracts are as contemporary today as there were in the 1960s and 1970s.

His quotes are also some of the most relevant to the philosophy of "seeing" as an artist.

“I am not interested in shooting new things - I am interested to see things new.”

"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE."

"A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?"

One of Haas's most famous books is The Creation.

Photos by Ernst Haas