Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Poetics of photography

A photo in honor of the poetic photography of Ernst Haas.

We received a new addition today, a print of a view of Paris from Notre Dame, taken during a cloudy sunset by Ernst Haas. He shot the original on January 1, 1954 and called it "Cloudy Paris."

Haas took photos of major cities around the world, did a book of images depicting the creation of the world, experimented in fascinating ways with color film. Some of his images include reflections in pools, streets, and store front windows; shadows; florals; street signs; "motion" shots; portraits of the famous; abstracts; and people from many cultures.

He thought of photographs as poems – and his photos "read" like poems. Follow this link to his website and you will find further links to galleries of his images:

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In every artist there is poetry. In every human being there is the poetic element. We know, we feel, we believe…

The artist must express the summation of his feeling, knowing, and believing through the unity of his life and work. One cannot photograph art. One can only live it in the unity of his vision, as well as in the breadth of his humanity, vitality and understanding…

There is no formula – only man with his conscience speaking, writing, and singing in the new hieroglyphic language of light and time.

~ Ernst Haas

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