Ernst Haas is described as ‘one of the great photographic colourists’ and it was easy to find some of his work on the internet. I often feel that when you look at the work of some of the great photographers it is quite obvious that they come from an earlier era. Not just because much of it is black and white or that the clothing etc. looks quite dated but the style of photography itself has changed. I expected Haas’s pictures to look dated too but far from it, many of the photographs I looked at; ‘snow lovers’, ‘after the storm’, ‘black wave’ were taken in the mid 1960s and could have been taken yesterday. I’m not sure why that is, maybe the simple lines or clean colours have something to do with it. I also expected the quality of the colour to be poor but again this was not the case. One picture in particular that did intrigue me was ‘snow lovers’ a photograph of newly fallen snow on stones in a shallow river bed giving the impression of reclining figures. Is this picture blue due to the way that the camera automatically adjusted the white or has Haas deliberately manipulated this to get the effect he wanted? I don’t know, either way it is very effective, I will need to explore this further.