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Ernst HAAS

Austria 1921 – United States of America 1986

  • United States from 1951

Albuquerque, New Mexico 1969 Materials & Technique: photographs, dye- transfer colour photograph

Dimensions: image 44.9 h x 67.8 w cm sheet 52.3 h x 75.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2000
Accession No: NGA 2000.125

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For Haas, colour photography represented the end of the grey and bitter war years and he started seriously working in the medium after moving to America in 1951. Work on his photoessay, Land of Enchantment and film stills assignments for The Misfits, The Bible and Little Big Man took Haas to the Southwest. The desert landscape of Albuquerque, located on Route 66, had been totally transformed by progress since the 1920s. Photographing the street after rain, Haas has signified that evolution by way of his distinctive ability to translate the world into shimmering energy.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Haas associated black-and-white photography with the horrors of the Second World War and he began to work with colour soon after moving to America in 1951. During the early 1950s, Haas hitchhiked across America, a journey which took him to the country’s Southwest – an area he regularly photographed over the next decades, noting changes taking place through modernisation at highly mythologised sites such as Route 66. Photographing the roadscape after rain, Haas depicts the modern Route 66 as a world of shimmering energy.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra