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Lights of New York City, Circa 1970s by Ernst Haas
Lights of New York City, Circa 1970s by Ernst Haas
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Lights of New York City, Circa 1970s by Ernst Haas

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Lights of New York City, c. 1970s by Ernst Haas is a 20" x 30" chromogenic print, edition: 6/50. The print is authenticated by a label on the back (verso), which is stamped and signed by the estate and the photographer’s son. Provenance: artist's archive.

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. With color film Haas discovered new ways of capturing energetic American cities pulsating with life.

Haas gained confidence and reached tremendous virtuosity with Kodachrome film and the technical challenges of color printing. His color works reveal the photographer's remarkable talent and mastery of innovation — breathing new life into familiar images of places, cityscapes, and street photography. Critics have described Haas’ style as “painting with the camera.”

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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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