Step aboard a private plane for a breathtaking tour of the immense and varied wilderness of Latin Americalush lands and scenic waterways nearly impossible to experience any other way. Your guide to this remarkable vision is Robert B. Haas, award-winning environmentalist and one of the world's foremost artists in aerial photography.
To create this elegant portfolio, Haas covered 14 countries and an astonishing 80 percent of the land mass of Latin America. In magnificent color and exquisite composition, he captures the majesty of the Amazon, the fickleness of rare wildlife in Patagonia, and the incredible topography of untouched lands. Photographs are presented in large double-page panoramas, inviting the viewer to appreciate their abstract qualities and become absorbed in rich details. The aerial perspective gives a generous view of the land below: While large-scale environmental effects may be seen, man's blemishes are mostly diminished when viewed against the vastness of the land. A full-page map highlights countries and specific places photographed.
An introduction by Marie Aranaauthor of American Chica and Cellophaneprefaces the book. The photographs and commentary are organized thematically: landscapes, humans and their impact, wildlife, abstracts, ancient sites. Poignant essays penned by Haas while living in Latin America expand on themes important to understanding the region: culture, economy, development, tourism, and more.
About the Author
Masters of Their Universe is the eleventh book by Robert B. Haas. Haas's investment firms compiled a highly successful record over three decades, including the noteworthy acquisitions of Dr Pepper, 7-Up, and Sybron International.
More recently, the author chose to pursue his artistic passions, ultimately becoming one of the world's most renowned aerial photographers. Haas has authored a series of photography books on African wildlife and four collections of aerial photography published by National Geographic, including two of the most widely-distributed single photographer works in National Geographic's history.
Haas's photographs have appeared in major exhibits throughout the world, and his work has been featured on CBS News Sunday Morning, ABC News Nature's Edge, and CNN, and in National Geographic magazine, Time magazine, Forbes Life, and numerous other publications.
A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, Haas has frequently lectured at both universities.
Carole Burns is the host of "Off the Page" on washingtonpost.com. She has published in literary journals and is writing her first novel. She teaches at the University of Winchester and lives in England.