Creative Photography of Ernst Haas


Ernst Haas by Todd Weinstein

Some of my favorite images were made by one of the most celebrated photographer of the 20th century – Ernst Haas. He is well known for creative experimentations with color photography and innovative use of abstract light. I especially love his creative series of out of focus photographs. The way he achieved this effect was by intentionally using slow shutter speeds to blur the image.  This method allowed him not only to capture the true colors of the photographed subjects, but it also produced unexpected new colors. This was caused by blurred overlap of the various subjects in the scene. The results were painterly artistically charged images. Brilliant!


A few words of wisdom by Ernst Haas:

  •  “Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the ‘ah-ha’.”
  • “The camera doesn’t make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE.”
  • “I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.”
  • “Only a vision – that is what one must have.”
  • “A few words about the question of whether photography is art or not: I never understood the question.”

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