May 182014

This week, let's have a look at the work of an other early colourist that worked in the 50's and 60's, that is Austrian born Ernst Haas. Ernst Haas was not only a photojournalist, but also a great poet that expressed himself through photography.

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Quick facts/observations about Ernst Haas.
-  Austrian born, 1921-1986, worked most of his life as a photojournalist and used his free time for personal works such as street photography.
- most of his reknown street photographs were taken in the US, yet he worked on assignments all over the world.
- he bought is first camera, a Rolleiflex, by trading in 10 kilos of margarine. He later switched to Leica which he used for most his career.
- he experimented with creative techniques such as selective focus and blurs with the aim to "transform an object from what it is to what you want it to be."
- his passion for poetry is a recurring theme in his street photographs.
- to allow for more control of hue and saturation, Ernst Haas used mostly the expensive dye transfer process for his prints.
- his 106 pages colour book "The creation" is one of the best selling photography book ever, with more than 350'000 copies.
- he became Magnum's fourth president and his guidance to its members was :  "Every one of us wants to take beautiful, striking, extraordinary pictures. Every one of us is struggling with his own style. Changes don’t come purely by will power alone, but they never come by being satisfied. Let us be more critical with each other: it will bring us closer. Let us find a new common denominator in the struggle, not to follow our own standards of invention. Don’t cover—discover!"
- his legacy can be sumed up with the quote by one of the MOMA's direct, Edward Steichen : “He is a free spirit, untrammelled by tradition and theory, who has gone out and found beauty unparalleled in photography.”
If I could ask him a question ….
- what do you think of the design of today's cars ?
To discover more about Ernst Haas
Book : Ernst Haas - a small book full of amazing street photographs.
If you missed it last week, have a look at the work of Saul Leiter too.
May 162014

"Be at the public phone of Cordoba Street at 5pm, I'll call you, my sons won't be at home"

Yep, Whatsapp generation, flirting used to be this way. (click on picture for high res)

flirting old way Yanidel

Rosario – Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/1000, ISO160

May 142014

The flashiest clothes can't always hide the inner shyness. (click on picture for high res)

shy lady clothes Yanidel

Leica M9 with 60mm Hexanon at F2.0, 1/2000, ISO160

May 132014

I decided I would dedicate a couple of days to shooting in Rosario every week. If I don't fix myself a routine, it just won't happen.  (click on picture for high res)

mustard coat Yanidel

Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F1.4, 1/750, ISO160

May 112014

This is a new column that I will tentatively publish on every Sunday. Indeed, for most of us, Sundays are a time to relax, and why not, look at a few pictures on a lazy afternoon in that cozy sofa of yours.
The idea of this new column is to share the work of street photographers whose work have influenced the history of street photography. Not all the audience of this website are street photography addicts (lots of travel and Paris lovers) and I hope that this column helps you discover the work of some of the amazing street photographers throughout history. A few quick facts and observations about each street photographer will also be provided below the gallery.

For the first few months, I’ll focus on color street photographers. My personal favorite, Saul Leiter, had evidently to be the first one to be covered. (I used Pinterest as a gallery viewer, click on the button below the pictures to discover the whole series).

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Quick facts/observations about Saul Leiter.
-  American citizen from New York City, 1923 – 2013. Most of his street photographs were taken in the Big Apple.
- one of the very first street photographers to use color extensively in the 40’s and 50’s.
- his street photography work was only shown publicly from the 90’s and reached widespread fame during the last few years of his life.
- his pictures combine a large part of abstraction with candid street situations.
- he achieved his special colors experimenting with expired film.
- the colors, people clothing, cars of the 40's and 50's bring a strong nostalgia element to his pictures. (Instagram founders were probably big fans of Saul Leiter)
- a Leica shooter for many years, his kit was made of several focal lengths. He often used tele lenses to compress the various planes of his scenes.
- In the 13 lessons in life with Saul Leiter DVD, you can see him shooting with an entry level micro 4/3 camera. Some of the resulting pictures are shown. While the composition are great, they definitely don't have the magic of his expired film colors. Yet, Lightroom probably did not have much appeal to him.
If I could ask him a question ….
- was he a shy street photographer or was it a deliberate choice to always shoot partly concealed (behind windows, below storefronts, with tele lenses…) ? (Do no hesitate to provide your own opinion in the comments section)
To discover more about Saul Leiter
Book : Saul Leiter: Early Color - one of the masterpiece of street photography.
DVD : In No Great Hurry-13 Lessons in Life W/Saul Leiter – who was the man behind the pictures ?