As a photographer and photojournalist Ernst Haas was influential for his innovations in colour photography. Haas attended medical school in Austria, but, in 1947, left to become a staff photographer for the magazine Heute. His photo essay for the magazine on prisoners of war coming home to Vienna won him acclaim Robert Capa asked him to join Magnum Photos. Haas and Werner Bischof were the first photographers invited to join Magnum by the founders Capa, David "Chim" Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and Bill Vandivert. He received the Hasselblad Award in 1986.
"A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it? . . .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