Steidl 2016 (2011).
"This book intends to correct the somewhat blurred image of Ernst Haas’s color photography which, due to its extraordinary vibrancy, was much in demand by the illustrated press of its time. Haas’s color work, published in the most influential magazines and various books in Europe and America, earned him worldwide fame, but at the same time has often been derided by critics and curators as too easily accessible and not sufficiently “serious.” As a result, his reputation has suffered in comparison with a younger generation of color photographers, notably Eggleston, Shore and Meyerowitz.
However, such criticism usually overlooks the astonishing sensibility of Haas’s personal work in color, which constantly but almost invisibly accompanied his commissioned photography and was far more radical and ambiguous. Haas never printed these pictures in his lifetime, let alone exhibit them. With their striking inventiveness and complexity, they firmly stand their ground in the face of the work of Haas’s fellow photographers.
Due to its enormous popularity, Steidl has published 'Color Correction' in a new, unaltered edition." (publisher's note)
About the photographer ('1921 in Vienna):
Ernst Haas took up photography after World War II. His early work on returning Austrian prisoners of war brought him to the attention of Life, from which he resolutely declined a job as staff photographer in order to maintain his independence. At the invitation of Robert CAPA, Haas joined Magnum in 1949, developing close associations with Capa, Werner BISCHOF and Henri CARTIER-BRESSON-Bresson. He began experimenting with color, and in time became the premier color photographer of the 1950s. In 1962 New York’s Museum of Modern Art mounted its 1st solo exhibition of his color work.
Haas received the Hasselblad Award in 1986, the year of his death.
Über den Fotografen (*1921 in Wien - 1986):
Ernst Haas begann nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg zu fotografieren. Durch seine frühen Arbeiten über zurückkehrende österreichische Kriegsgefangene gewann er die Aufmerksamkeit des Magazins Life. Das Angebot, dort als fest angestellter Fotograf zu arbeiten, lehnte er jedoch ab, um seine Unabhängigkeit zu bewahren.
Einer Einladung von Robert CAPA folgend, schloss sich Haas 1949 Magnum an und entwickelte enge Beziehungen zu Capa, Werner BISCHOF und Henri CARTIER-BRESSON. Haas begann mit Farbe zu experimentieren und wurde in den 1950ern zu einem Vorreiter der erstklassigen Farbfotografie.
Im Jahr 1962 fand die erste Einzelaustellung seiner Farbfotografien im New Yorker Museum of Modern Art statt. Haas veröffentlichte zahlreiche Bücher, darunter auch das 350.000-mal verkaufte Buch 'Die Schöpfung' (1971).
1986 erhielt Haas den Hasselblad Award. Er verstarb im selben Jahr.