Hans Hass, Photographing Under Water
Lot 47AR
Hans Hass (Austrian, born 1919) Hans Haas at work photographing the world under the ocean, n.d. 18.8 x 24.7cm (7 3/8 x 9 3/4in).
Sold for £14,400 (US$ 22,711) inc. premium

Lot Details
Hans Hass (Austrian, born 1919)
Hans Haas at work photographing the world under the ocean, n.d.
Hand-painted unique vintage gelatin silver print. The reverse with printed caption and two stamps reading 'This original photograph must be returned undamaged after use'. Framed.
18.8 x 24.7cm (7 3/8 x 9 3/4in).

Footnotes

  • Hans Hass is a diving pioneer and marine biologist. In 1942, he became the first person in man's underwater history to 'swimdive' successfully and continuously in open water, thereby initiating the change from 'walk-diving' (with helmet and lead soled boots) to swimming underwater for long periods of time with flippers and on-hand breathing equipment. Hass is primarily known for his research on sharks and the energon theory, as well as his underwater film 'Pirsch Unter Wasser' ('Stalking Under Water') of 1939. Controversially, he has been accused of single-handedly hunting the grouper fish to local extinction on the shores surrounding the Caribbean island of Bonaire.

    Provenance:
    Acquired by the present owner from Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, in 1999
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