Robert B. Haas is the author and photographer of a series of six photographic books, including A Vision of Africa (1998), Predators (2001), African Critters (2002), Ten Days on the Chobe (2002), Through the Eyes of the Gods—An Aerial Vision of Africa (2005), and Through the Eyes of the Condor—An Aerial Vision of Latin America (2007). Both Through the Eyes of the Gods and Through the Eyes of the Condor were published by National Geographic.
Since 2002, Haas has focused his artistic endeavors primarily on aerial photography, in an effort to capture the grandeur and mystique of Earth's continents from this unique perspective. Haas's first book with National Geographic, aptly titled Through the Eyes of the Gods, was published in 2005. An aerial vision of Africa, Through the Eyes of the Gods has been translated into 17 languages. In his second work with National Geographic, Through the Eyes of the Condor, published in 2007 and also translated into 17 languages worldwide, Haas devoted his creative energies to Latin America, crisscrossing this vast region to create an aerial portrait of its volcanic peaks, lush rivers, colorful wildlife, and culturally diverse peoples from the vantage point of helicopters and small planes. Through the Eyes of the Gods and Through the Eyes of the Condor are two of the most successful and widely distributed single-photographer books ever published by National Geographic.
Haas's photographs have appeared in exhibits in New York, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Denver, Miami, El Paso, Japan, Germany, Mexico, the People's Republic of China, the Czech Republic, Spain, Australia, Serbia, Hungary, and Slovenia. His work has also been featured on CBS News Sunday Morning and CNN, and in National Geographic magazine, Time, Forbes, Life, American Way, and numerous other publications around the world.
Throughout his photographic career, Haas has donated issues of his books and all royalties to schools, libraries, nonprofit foundations, and wildlife conservation organizations throughout the world. In 2002, Haas was recognized by the WILD Foundation and the United Nations Environment Programme for his contributions on behalf of endangered species and the environment.
Haas is chairman 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 last few decades in a series of noteworthy acquisitions, including the Dr Pepper Company and The Seven-Up Company. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, Haas has endowed professorships and been a frequent lecturer at both institutions.