Ernst Haas & Hellmut Andics, Ende und Anfang (end and beginning), 1975

Dust jacket back and front

Dust jacket back and front

 

Ernst Haas was already known for his colour photography, especially through his book Die Schöpfung (The creation) published in 1971 by ECON Verlag. He grew up in Vienna and began photographing it in the aftermath of World War II. Ende und Anfang (end and beginning) reflects this time, full of hope for the future, and relief to have survived the horrors, though not without presenting us with the casualties of war. Probably the best-known photograph by Ernst Haas, that of a woman holding up a photograph of a missing relative to returning soldiers, is shown on page 81.

The image section of the book is structured into four parts: Die Stadt (the city), Hunger, Asyl (asylum), Heimkehrer (returning soldiers), with Hellmut Andics’s text at the beginning and the end of the book. The photographs in this book are black and white and printed on glossy paper, with the text on matt paper. I can’t help wishing this were the other way around. This is nevertheless a classic in the history of Austrian photobooks.

Text by journalist Hellmut Andics.

Copublished by Paul Zsolnay Verlag Gesellschaft m. b. H., Wien / Hamburg and ECON Verlag GesbH., Düsseldorf / Wien in 1975.

Hard cover with dust jacket (also published as soft cover with dust jacket)

App. 21.5 x 26.5 cm

120 pages

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Soft cover version, back and front

Soft cover version, back and front