© Ernst Haas, 1947, Homecoming Prisoners, Vienna / Austria

His impromptu photographs capturing a group of Austrian women anxiously waiting for their men to return from Russian PoW camps were a sensation. The series, Homecoming Prisoners, which famously included one distressed mother holding up a photo of her son to a smiling soldier who ignored her, was snapped up by the popular European picture magazines. The emotionally wrenching shots caught the eye of Robert Capa, who invited him to New York to join his newly formed Magnum alongside Cartier-Bresson and other eminent founders. (read more)

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