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Old 01-27-2015, 10:06 AM   #1
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Rip Lotte Hass and Albert Tillman January 2015

I just found out that Lotte Hass AND Albert Tillman have passed away this month.
Lotte was one of THE first female divers / model / uw photographers.
Albert was the co founder NAUI
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Old 01-29-2015, 04:58 AM   #2
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Re: Rip Lotte Hass and Albert Tillman January 2015

Film made in 1949 by Hans Hass one of the first pionneer in BWH "diving in the Red Sea"
this guy was learned scuba/ spearfishing in the thirties by locals in my native south of France area.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-c...&v=PXPk2dcdLiw
the fight with manta ray is amazing 1:16"
His cute and intrepid Lotte girl friend...

I red all his books at the time i was a little boy.. dreaming of exotic captures
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Old 04-13-2015, 04:22 PM   #3
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Re: Rip Lotte Hass and Albert Tillman January 2015

How sad, kinda makes one feel abit long in the tooth.
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Old 12-14-2018, 02:08 AM   #4
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Re: Rip Lotte Hass and Albert Tillman January 2015

I remember a young and trim Lotte in the TV Dive Adventure programs with Hans, often grabbing a sea turtle and being dragged along for a ride to the surface. She was a real doll and looked great in the dive gear of the day using rebreather technology developed by Draeger. Her book “Girl on the Ocean Floor” is a classic.

Husband Hans Hass passed on some years ago now, they were true pioneers and icons of the sport. RIP Lotte Hass, reunited again with Hans in the Big Reef in the Sky.
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Old 12-19-2018, 01:47 PM   #5
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Re: Rip Lotte Hass and Albert Tillman January 2015

Here is a great photo of Hans and Lotte Hass who were one of the most spectacular couples to ever command our attention in the history of diving and underwater cinemaphotography. Once seen, never to be forgotten.
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Old 12-19-2018, 02:05 PM   #6
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Re: Rip Lotte Hass and Albert Tillman January 2015

Al Tillman's book "I Thought I Saw Atlantis" should be on every diver's bookshelf as it is a first hand account of the pioneering days of diving. If you don't have a copy then you can buy one here.
https://www.amazon.com/Thought-Saw-A.../dp/1888345063

http://www.divinghistory.com/id36.html
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Old 12-20-2018, 07:04 AM   #7
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Re: Rip Lotte Hass and Albert Tillman January 2015

I have several of Hass's books and have been recommending them for years. Great reads to feed your inner adventurer.
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Re: Rip Lotte Hass and Albert Tillman January 2015

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obi...-obituary.html

This short video demonstrates her ease and power through the water as a freediver when Lotte swims amongst corals and without a protective wetsuit, or dive gloves for that matter!

https://youtu.be/osSYN-fxtGw
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Old 12-20-2018, 03:45 PM   #9
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Re: Rip Lotte Hass and Albert Tillman January 2015

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Film made in 1949 by Hans Hass one of the first pionneer in BWH "diving in the Red Sea"
this guy was learned scuba/ spearfishing in the thirties by locals in my native south of France area.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-c...&v=PXPk2dcdLiw
the fight with manta ray is amazing 1:16"
His cute and intrepid Lotte girl friend...

I red all his books at the time i was a little boy.. dreaming of exotic captures
Thanks for the link to a great video! Everyone interested in diving should watch it, makes for compulsory viewing!
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Re: Rip Lotte Hass and Albert Tillman January 2015

A movie has been made about Hans and Lotte Hass, but it seems to be hard to find.

Das-Maedchen-Auf-Dem-Meeresgrund "GIrl on the Ocean Floor"

https://vbcache1001.videobuster.de/c...deo-h264-1.mp4

Found it here as a Blue-ray https://www.ebay.com/itm/Das-Madchen...UWeg~#shpCntId

Translation of a synopsis of the plot.

Vienna 1950. Lotte Baierl is a pretty young student (Yvonne Catterfeld) whose greatest wish is to become a photo reporter and travel the world-like her idol Hans Hass, the pioneer of the underwater world. When Lotte's boyfriend Gerry recommends her job as a secretary for Hans Hass, she sees her opportunity-and uses it. Quickly, however, their hopes are disappointed. Hass strikes her as a pedantic, cringeworthy person whose principle is never to take a woman aboard an expedition.
But Lotte doesn't give up on her dream: She learns to dive and shoots fascinating photos of the underwater world of the Vienna Danube. Hass is impressed by Lotte's images and falls in love with them. However, do not blame your feelings, but refuse to take Lotte on the dangerous expedition. Lotte is devastated.
But then fate helps. A film producer finds the idea of Hass terrific to be the first to film the white shark underwater. But what if he never gets him in front of the camera? A movie needs the ultimate guarantee for ringing checkouts: A beautiful woman! One like Lotte.
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Old 12-22-2018, 01:01 PM   #11
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Re: Rip Lotte Hass and Albert Tillman January 2015

The film producers certainly struck the right note with their casting of the two leads and the authenticity of the dive gear as can be seen in this photo when you compare it with the one above. The iconic Rollei-Marin underwater camera housing for the medium format Rollei f3.5 Twin Lens camera named after Hans Hass. The ne plus ultra for a generation of underwater photographers.
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Old 01-23-2019, 01:03 AM   #12
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Re: Rip Lotte Hass and Albert Tillman January 2015

Lotte Hass is a Diving Hall of Fame Member as is Al Tillman.
http://divingalmanac.com/hass-baierl-lotte/
http://divingalmanac.com/tillman-albert-naui-1/
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