Ernst Haas (1921-1986) was an Austrian photographer known for his innovations in color photography, his use of abstract light, and his intentionally out of focus photographs. In 1947, he left medical school to become a staff photographer for Heute magazine. He moved to New York, New Yorkin 1953 and produced a color photo essay for LIFE on the city. The magazine commissioned additional spreads on Venice and Paris from the photographer. He also created several books throughout his career, including In America in 1975, Deutschland in 1977, and Himalayan Pilgrimage in 1978.