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Ernst Haas

Venice Cowboy, 1975

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Lot 16
Fuji crystal print
12.0 x 18.0 in (30.5 x 45.7 cm)
Edition of 25
Signed, titled, dated and numbered by Alexander Haas, executor of Artist's Estate, on label


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Ernst Haas is renowned for complicating the fine line between photojournalism and photography as a means of fine art. An early innovator in color photography, his images featuring symbols of American culture, both familiar and historic, promote a sense of enduring spirit. Here, he captures two young men repairing Venetian gondolas while embodying an unmistakably American cowboy style.

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About Ernst Haas

The celebrated photographer Ernst Haas (Austrian-American, 1921– 1986) is one of the most influential photojournalists of the 20th century. Born in Vienna, Haas took up photography after WWII, gaining acclaim for his images of returning prisoners of war. He joined Magnum Photos in 1949 and moved to the U.S. in 1951. In the early 1950s he started working with color film, becoming the leading color photographer of the era. Traveling extensively throughout his career, Haas shot groundbreaking photo essays for magazines like LIFE, Vogue, and Look. In 1962, a retrospective of his work was the first color photo exhibition held at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He published four books and won the Hasselblad award in 1986.