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date: 05 December 2019

Haas, Ernstlocked

(b Vienna, March 2, 1921; d New York, Sept 12, 1986).
  • Jason E. Hill


(b Vienna, March 2, 1921; d New York, Sept 12, 1986).

American photographer and photojournalist of Austrian birth. A pioneer in photojournalism and colour photography and a key contributor to Life, he became a member of the Magnum photo agency in 1949 and became its president in 1959. In 1962 he quit the agency to focus on fine-art photography. Best known for his highly inventive colour studies of the urban environment and the natural landscape, Haas’s photographs have ranged in subject from the ruins of post-war Europe to iconic commercial imagery for Marlboro cigarette advertisements and such Hollywood films as John Huston’s The Misfits (1960).

After Haas was prevented from completing his medical studies in his home city of Vienna on account of his Jewish ancestry in 1940, he began his study of photography at the Graphische Lehr Versuchsansalt in 1943. By 1945 he was offering photography classes with the American Red Cross, beginning a lifelong commitment to teaching. Between ...

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