Morning Mist, Schaumboch’s Pond
David W. Haas (1953- ) is a contemporary photographer who specializes in creating tonally-rich images of the American landscape. Working in the tradition of 19th century photographers, he uses a 4x5 view camera. Haas works on multi-year projects, exploring a subject until, "he has captured its essence on film." From the mid-70s to the mid-90s, he has completed six projects: photographing Pennyslvania's Hawk Mountain, the first wildlife sanctuary established for birds of preay (including Morning Mist, Schaumbach's Pond), Eastern Pennsylvania's one room schools, the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the assembly lines of Mack Truck, Inc., in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Public Library, Allentown Art Museum, and Lehigh University Art Gallery. Haas earned a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, and has taught at the Maine Photo Workshops and the University of Delaware. He was a co-founder of Palm Press in Massachusetts and the owner of Time Exposure in Pennsylvania.