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. . . Such distinction is obvious from looking at Haas' work—some of which is as famous as the movies he worked on.
—from Star quality, star photographer CNN News, April 22, 2015
The selections here . . . take visible pleasure in Hollywood’s absurd, arresting artifice.
—from The Camera Behind the Cameras New York Magazine, April 6, 2015
Edited by John P. JacobErnst Haas: On Set
Ernst Haas: Moving Pictures
essay by Walter Moser
This book considers the film stills of Ernst Haas, one of the most accomplished photographers of the twentieth century, transgressing the borders between still photography and the moving image. Haas worked with a variety of eminent directors—from Vittorio de Sica to John Huston, Gene Kelly and Michael Cimino—and depicted cinema genres from suspense (The Third Man, The Train) to the Western (The Oregon Trail, Little Big Man), and from comedy (Miracle in Milan, Love and Death) to musicals (West Side Story, Hello Dolly!).
Haas inscribed a temporal, filmic dimension into his stills which, viewed in a sequence, generate movement and narrative. So accomplished was his mastery of color, light and motion that Haas was frequently asked to photograph large group actions—from the battle scenes of The Charge of the Light Brigade and the dances of West Side Story, to the ski slopes of Downhill Racer. On Set elucidates a novel perspective on the sets and stars Haas photographed, and reveals a little-known but crucial dimension of his oeuvre.Hardcover
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