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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


  • 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 2010