Exhibit offers views of the ‘top of the world’
For the past eight years, Yale alumnus Robert B. Haas ‘69 has captured in photographs the grandeur and mystique of locales as diverse as Africa and Latin America from an aerial perspective. The School of Forestry & Environmental Sciences will highlight aerial images from his most recent project — the Arctic — in conjunction with a new exhibition of his work opening on Monday, Nov. 1.
Twelve photographs that capture the landscape and scenery of the Arctic from Haas’ most recent book, “Through the Eyes of the Vikings: An Aerial Vision of Arctic Lands,” will be unveiled at a reception that day 5:30-7 p.m. in the Knobloch Environment Center on the third floor of Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St.
The exhibition, which will run through March 15, will also feature earlier works by Haas on the first and second floors of Kroon Hall.
Haas is the author and photographer of a series of eight other photographic books: “A Vision of Africa” (1998), “Predators”(2001), “African Critters” (2002 edition), “Ten Days on the Chobe” (2002), “Through the Eyes of the Gods: An Aerial Vision of Africa” (2005), “Through the Eyes of the Condor: An Aerial Vision of Latin America” (2007), “African Critters” (2008 edition) and “I Dreamed of Flying Like a Bird” (2010). Five of his books, including “Through the Eyes of the Vikings,” were published by National Geographic.
“Through the Eyes of the Gods” and “Through the Eyes of the Condor” have each sold more than 100,000 copies and have been translated into 17 languages, making them two of the most successful and widely distributed single-photographer books ever published by National Geographic.
Since 2002, Haas has focused his artistic endeavors primarily on aerial photography. His photographs have appeared in exhibits in New York, Dallas, New Haven, Washington, D.C., Denver, Miami and El Paso, as well as in Japan, Germany, Mexico, Peru, the People’s Republic of China, the Czech Republic, Spain, Ecuador, Australia, Venezuela, Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia. His work has also been featured on CBS News Sunday Morning and on CNN, and in National Geographic, Time, Forbes Life, American Way and numerous other magazines and publications around the world.
Throughout his photographic career, the Yale alumnus has donated issues of his books and all royalties to schools, libraries, non-profit foundations and wildlife conservation organizations throughout the world. In 2002 he was recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme and the WILD Foundation for his contributions on behalf of endangered species and the environment.
Haas is chair of the board of Haas Wheat & Partners, a Dallas-based private investment firm that specializes in strategic equity investments. The firm’s national reputation as a leading strategic investor has been established over the past few decades in a series of noteworthy acquisitions, including Dr Pepper Company and The Seven-Up Company. Also a graduate of Harvard Law School, Haas has endowed professorships and been a frequent lecturer there and at Yale.