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Car Reflecting Theatre Bulbs, NYC, 1951 by Ernst Haas

Car Reflecting Theatre Bulbs, NYC, 1951 by Ernst Haas

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Car Reflecting Theatre Bulbs, NYC, 1951 by Ernst Haas, is a 14” x 11” gelatin silver print. The photograph is authenticated by the estate with a stamp on verso (back of print) and signed by the photographer’s son. Printed by Igor Bakht in 1992.

Ernst Haas moved from Vienna to New York City in 1951, leaving behind a war-torn Europe. In the US the photographer discovered the power of color photography while continuing to make black-and-white images. Haas discovered new ways of capturing an energetic sleepless American city of thousand lights and colors, with its pulsing life and spirit. In the “Car Reflecting Theatre Bulbs” a typical New York street scene turns into a magical parade of light bulbs. The skyscraper in the background disappears in the fog, and the ladies with umbrellas walk away from the camera. Though we can’t see any raindrops, the viewer senses the cold moisture in the air, lending drama to the composition.

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Artist’s Bio:

Ernst Haas (1921–1986) is an acclaimed photographer of the 20th century and considered one of the pioneers of color photography. Haas moved to the United States in 1951 and began experimenting with Kodachrome color film. He soon became the premier color photographer of the 1950s. In 1953 LIFE magazine published his groundbreaking 24-page color photo essay on New York City. In 1962 a retrospective of his work was the first color photography exhibition held at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Haas was the author of four books: The Creation (1971), In America (1975), In Germany (1976), and Himalayan Pilgrimage (1978).

Ernst Haas received the Hasselblad award in 1986, the year of his death. His work continues to be the subject of museum exhibitions and publications such as Ernst Haas, Color Photography (1989), Ernst Haas in Black and White (1992), Color Correction (2011), and Ernst Haas: New York in Color, 1952-1962 (2020).

2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the acclaimed photographer.

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