Ernst Haas

Haas, E. Snow Lovers (1970), Ernst Haas Estate

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.

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About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010, I decided I wanted to take my photography further and enrolled for the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I enjoyed so much that I went gone on to do Digital Photographic Practice and People and Place. In April 2016 I enrolled on my fourth OCA photography course, Documentary. This blog is my Learning Log for this course.
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