Maria Haas

About Me

biography

Maria Haas lives and works in Klosterneuburg near Vienna, Austria.

After graduating from the College of Photography at the Higher Graphic Teaching and Research Institute in Vienna in 1990, she founded Maria Haas Photography Studio and initially dedicated herself to travel and reportage photography. In 1996, she spent a year in New York attending workshops at the International Center of Photography, followed by several exhibitions in New York, Vienna, Florence, and Tampere. In the subsequent years, her professional focus shifted to industrial, product, and portrait photography.

During her in-depth engagement with socio-political and women-related topics, Maria Haas’ interest moved towards the exploration and documentation of different societies and peoples who do not live according to traditional Western principles. Photographic works in this field include, among others, documentation about the Burrneshas, known as man-women in Northern Albania, the Amazigh women in the High Atlas in Morocco, or the Sámi, the last indigenous people of Europe in Northern Scandinavia.

In recent years, Maria Haas shifted the focus of her photographic activity towards the exploration of matriarchal societies. A particular fascination arose from the special position of women and matriarchs in these peoples. Her impressions and photographs of the three largest matriarchal societies – the Minangkabau in Indonesia, the Khasi in India, and the Mosuo in China – were published by Maria Haas in 2020 in her first photo book MATRIARCHS. This was followed by exhibitions with large-format pictures in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, as well as various interviews and reports in print, radio, and TV – including a documentary on ARTE.

Now, the second photo book MATRIARCHS is available, with which Maria Haas invites us to dive into the worlds of other matriarchal peoples with extraordinary images and informative texts – the Bijagos in West Africa, the Juchitecas in Mexico, and the Bribri in Costa Rica.

Imagevideo

In this short image video, I invite you to discover my photographic work and take a look at my illustrated books on matriarchal cultures.

timeline

1968

born on March 12th in Vienna

1972

Maria with her parents and sister, Vienna

1973

Maria with her sister Andrea, Vienna

1984

First "Self-Portrait", developed in her darkroom, Vienna

1988 - 1990

Höhere Graphische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt / Photography Studies, Vienna

1990

Freelance photographer for various newspapers and magazines, Vienna

1994

Establishment of the photography studio Maria Haas, Vienna

1996 - 1997

Stay in New York / Workshops at the International Center of Photography

1997

Photo experiments with "Self-Portraits", New York

1997

Exhibitions "Self-Portraits", New York
Maria with her "Self-Portraits" at an exhibition in New York

1998 - 2016

Focus on industrial, portrait, and product photography, Vienna

1999

Birth of daughter Elena, Vienna

2004

Birth of son Manuel, Vienna

2009

Elena and Manuel, Vienna

2016

Photo project "Mosuo", China
Maria portrays a woman of the "Mosuo" ethnic group, China

2017

Photo project "Burrneshas", Albania
Maria portrays the "Burrnesha" Diana, Albania

2017

Fotoprojekt "Bijagos", Guinea Bissau

2018

Photo project "Khasi, Garo, and Jaintia", India
Maria with two women of the "Khasi" tribe, Meghalaya

2019

Photo project "Minangkabau", Indonesia
Maria with Yulsmar and Asrimita, West Sumatra

2020

Publication of the photobook "MATRIARCHS" / Receiving the German Photobook Prize, Vienna
Photobook "Matriarchs"

2021

Interview for ARTE TV and ORF ZIB about gender roles and matriarchy, Vienna
Interview with ORF ZIB about the photobook "Matriarchs"

2021

Photo project "Amazigh" culture, Morocco

2022

Photo project Women in Juchitan, Mexico
Maria with singer Martha, Juchitan de Zaragoza

2022

Photo project "Bribri", Costa Rica

2022

Publication of the photobook "MATRIARCHS 2", Vienna
Photobook "Matriarchs 2"

2022

ORF interview about matriarchy on "Homeland, Foreign Homeland", Klosterneuburg
The ORF airs a portrait of Maria and her two photobooks, Klosterneuburg

2023

Interview ORF "People in Focus", Vienna

2023

Photo project "Q'eros", Peru
Maria with the 108-year-old Juliana, Peru

2023

Photo project "FGM" (Female Genital Mutilation), Kenya
Maria with the women of the "Umoja" Women's Village, Kenya

2021 - 2024

Lectures on the topic of matriarchy in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany
Lecture on matriarchal structures of the "Bijagos", Switzerland

2021 - 2024

Exhibitions and talks on matriarchal societies in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain
Photo exhibition at the Fotonostrum Gallery, Barcelona

1968

born on March 12th in Vienna

1972

Maria with her parents and sister, Vienna

1973

Maria with her sister Andrea, Vienna

1984

First "Self-Portrait", developed in her darkroom, Vienna

1988 - 1990

Höhere Graphische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt / Photography Studies, Vienna

1990

Freelance photographer for various newspapers and magazines, Vienna

1994

Establishment of the photography studio Maria Haas, Vienna

1996 - 1997

Stay in New York / Workshops at the International Center of Photography

1997

Photo experiments with "Self-Portraits", New York

1997

Exhibitions "Self-Portraits", New York
Maria with her "Self-Portraits" at an exhibition in New York

1998 - 2016

Focus on industrial, portrait, and product photography, Vienna

1999

Birth of daughter Elena, Vienna

2004

Birth of son Manuel, Vienna

2009

Elena and Manuel, Vienna

2016

Photo project "Mosuo", China
Maria portrays a woman of the "Mosuo" ethnic group, China

2017

Photo project "Burrneshas", Albania
Maria portrays the "Burrnesha" Diana, Albania

2017

Fotoprojekt "Bijagos", Guinea Bissau

2018

Photo project "Khasi, Garo, and Jaintia", India
Maria with two women of the "Khasi" tribe, Meghalaya

2019

Photo project "Minangkabau", Indonesia
Maria with Yulsmar and Asrimita, West Sumatra

2020

Publication of the photobook "MATRIARCHS" / Receiving the German Photobook Prize, Vienna
Photobook "Matriarchs"

2021

Interview for ARTE TV and ORF ZIB about gender roles and matriarchy, Vienna
Interview with ORF ZIB about the photobook "Matriarchs"

2021

Photo project "Amazigh" culture, Morocco

2022

Photo project Women in Juchitan, Mexico
Maria with singer Martha, Juchitan de Zaragoza

2022

Photo project "Bribri", Costa Rica

2022

Publication of the photobook "MATRIARCHS 2", Vienna
Photobook "Matriarchs 2"

2022

ORF interview about matriarchy on "Homeland, Foreign Homeland", Klosterneuburg
The ORF airs a portrait of Maria and her two photobooks, Klosterneuburg

2023

Interview ORF "People in Focus", Vienna

2023

Photo project "Q'eros", Peru
Maria with the 108-year-old Juliana, Peru

2023

Photo project "FGM" (Female Genital Mutilation), Kenya
Maria with the women of the "Umoja" Women's Village, Kenya

2021 - 2024

Lectures on the topic of matriarchy in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany
Lecture on matriarchal structures of the "Bijagos", Switzerland

2021 - 2024

Exhibitions and talks on matriarchal societies in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain
Photo exhibition at the Fotonostrum Gallery, Barcelona

exhibitions

2023

Fotonostrum / Barcelona "Sideshow“

2023

Frauenhetz / Vienna / "Matriarchs“

2023

DenkBar / St.Gallen / “Matriarchs 2”

2023

Grubeck contemporary / Vienna "Portraits.Extended"

2022

Raumimpuls / Waidhofen an der Ybbs "Matriarchs"

2022

Atelier für Photographie / Berlin "The Matriarchy“

2021

DenkBar / St.Gallen / “Matriarchs”

2021

Paris / Photo

2017

MAK / Photo::Vienna

2016

das weisse haus / Vienna "Kunstschau #4“

2015

das weisse haus / Vienna "Kunstschau #3"

2007

Fondazione Studio Marangoni / Florence "Six photographers from Austria“

2006

Fluss / Wolkersdorf "Taboo“

2005

7th International Photographic Triennial in Tampere / Finnland "Backlight“

2003

Haus Wittgenstein / Vienna "Self-Portraits"

2000

Fotogalerie Wien / "Körper I"

1999

Fotogalerie Wien / "Self-Portraits 1997-1999“

1998

Thomas Healy Gallery / New York City "Bathroom“

1997

Aubase / New York City "Selfportraits“

1997

Aubase / New York City "Colourphotography“

2023

Fotonostrum / Barcelona "Sideshow“

2023

Frauenhetz / Vienna / "Matriarchs“

2023

DenkBar / St.Gallen / “Matriarchs 2”

2023

Grubeck contemporary / Vienna "Portraits.Extended"

2022

Raumimpuls / Waidhofen an der Ybbs "Matriarchs"

2022

Atelier für Photographie / Berlin "The Matriarchy“

2021

DenkBar / St.Gallen / “Matriarchs”

2021

Paris / Photo

2017

MAK / Photo::Vienna

2016

das weisse haus / Vienna "Kunstschau #4“

2015

das weisse haus / Vienna "Kunstschau #3"

2007

Fondazione Studio Marangoni / Florence "Six photographers from Austria“

2006

Fluss / Wolkersdorf "Taboo“

2005

7th International Photographic Triennial in Tampere / Finnland "Backlight“

2003

Haus Wittgenstein / Vienna "Self-Portraits"

2000

Fotogalerie Wien / "Körper I"

1999

Fotogalerie Wien / "Self-Portraits 1997-1999“

1998

Thomas Healy Gallery / New York City "Bathroom“

1997

Aubase / New York City "Selfportraits“

1997

Aubase / New York City "Colourphotography“