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ERNST HAAS
[1921 – 1986] born in Vienna, Austria was an influential photographer
There are two kinds of photographers: those who compose pictures and those who take them. The former work in studios. For the latter, the studio is the world.... For them, the ordinary doesn't exist: every thing in life is a source of nourishment. - Ernst Haas - quoted by Lacouture, 1989:49

Stray dogs are for him [Elliot Erwitt] a special object. He can find in them the lonely, grim life that reflects tremendously his feelings for humanity. - Ernst Haas

The best pictures differentiate themselves by nuances...a tiny relationship - either a harmony or a disharmony - that creates a picture. - Ernst Haas, More Joy of Photography by Eastman Kodak (Editor)
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A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it? - Ernst Haas

All I wanted was to connect my moods with those of Paris. Beauty paints and when it painted most, I shot. - Ernst Haas

With photography a new language has been created. Now for the first time it is possible to express reality by reality. We can look at an impression as long as we wish, we can delve into it and, so to speak, renew past experiences at will. - Ernst Haas

I want to be remembered much more for a total vision than for a few perfect single picture. - Ernst Haas - © 2001 Ernst Haas Studio, Inc.

I am not interested in shooting new things - I am interested to see things new. - Ernst Haas
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There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are. - Ernst Haas

The most important lens you have is your legs. - Ernst Haas

Living in a time of crusical struggle, the mechanization of men, photography for me became nothing but another example of this paradoxical problem: how to owercome, how to humanize the machine on which we are so very dependent – the camera. This mechanical instrument forces and enables us for for the first time to learn hwo to read and write stimultaneously visual aspects resulting from a discussion with reality expressed with a language of light called photography. Disinterested in scientific objectivity, I want to transform reality with a poetic conception by relating the unrelated into vision – forcing the viewer to feel what I felt as well as to think what I thought. I believe photography can be an art and I want to give everything to help achieve it. There is only you and your camera – the limitations of your photography are in yourself, for what we see is only what we are. - Ernst Haas, The Best of Popular Photography by Harvey V. Fondiller , ISBN: 0871650371 , Page: 97-98
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You become things, you become an atmosphere, and if you become it, which means you incorporate it within you, you can also give it back. You can put this feeling into a picture. A painter can do it. And a musician can do it and I think a photographer can do that too and that I would call the dreaming with open eyes. - Ernst Haas

The limitations of photography are in yourself, for what we see is only what we are. - Ernst Haas - in "Outdoor Photographer" September 2003

The camera doesn't make a bit of difference. All of them can record what you are seeing. But, you have to SEE. - Ernst Haas - Comment in workshop, 1985
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Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the 'ah-ha'. - Ernst Haas - Comment in workshop, 1985

You don’t take pictures; the good ones happen to you. - Ernst Haas

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