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  • December 17, 2013

Jodi Cobb on Cultural Exploration

“It’s been a scholarship to the world.  A lifelong scholarship to the world.” —Jodi Cobb

A colorfully clad youngster in Saudi Arabia will don the traditional veil at puberty.
A colorfully clad youngster in Saudi Arabia will don the traditional veil at puberty.

By the time Jodi Cobb was 12 years old, she had been around the world twice. Her travels as a child sparked a curiosity in her for adventure, ultimately leading to her career as a National Geographic photographer. Driven by her family mantra “what can I do that I never have done before,” Cobb’s photographs tend to take the world behind closed doors, and into secret and forgotten lives of communities from across the globe.  When her story on human trafficking ran in the magazine in 2003, it received the biggest readership response in the history of National Geographic at that time. The photos triggered a public outcry, resulting in increased donations to organizations dealing with human trafficking and even the FBI asking to be trained in trafficking issues. She has received many honors and awards for her decades of work, including becoming the first woman in history to be named White House Photographer of the Year. —Kathryn Carlson

This video portrait was produced by National Geographic magazine in partnership with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. It is part of an ongoing series of conversations with the photographers of the magazine, exploring the power of photography and why this life of imagemaking suits them so well. Learn more about the making of the series and watch the full trailer here.

 View more of Jodi Cobb’s work on her website.

Video Production Credits
Photographer: Jodi Cobb
Producers: Pamela Chen, NGM
Chad A. Stevens, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Producer: Elyse Lipman, NGM
Editors: Kathryn Carlson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Camera and Sound: Spencer Millsap, NGM, Shannon Sanders, NGM

There are 27 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Mica
    March 17, 2016

    I am so inspired by you. My dream is to become a photographer for the magazine. But I am not sure where to start !?? Any tips !?

  2. sharon singh
    February 11, 2016

    your work is outstanding what , im a photography student in india and my only aim is to become photographer in NATgeo what all it take to work with photographer like you or can say become like you.?

  3. Zohaib Tariq
    February 6, 2016

    Seen some of your photos, they are pretty amazing. I have only one question. How can I become a photographer at natgeo like you? Or can I join you team perhaps?

  4. jason
    January 28, 2016

    Your pictures are amazing my all time goal in life is to have a photo of mine in nat geo magazine unfortunately my portpholeo was on a computer that was stollen I’ve got a few pictures of my dog Loki on your shot nat geo but I just would love to see my picture even if it was tiny in a corner of the best magazine in the world nat geo.Do you have any advice for me mam.

  5. Ajay Prasher
    November 6, 2015

    “Life in full swing”. What a lovely shot!

  6. Albert
    November 2, 2015

    Great pictures, do you enhance the photos at all?

  7. Srinivas
    September 17, 2015

    Ur pics are amazing n it’s so much mean full

  8. fetati mostafa
    September 8, 2015

    amazing…we like national geographic

  9. Pradyut Alemyan
    August 21, 2015

    Your Photographs inspires me. :’)

  10. Manan Bhikadiya
    August 20, 2015

    Nice photography and I like all pictures.
    And I am from India and I decided that I am working with you as a Job.
    So please give me chance…please…

  11. Sheetal Attri
    August 12, 2015

    Hey, I m sheetal from India…
    I want to become a photographer….
    please join me in your team
    please help me…….

  12. Jadhu Kiran
    July 19, 2015

    When you photograph a face. You photograph the soul behind it.

  13. kiran Deshpande
    July 17, 2015

    Great Achivement, Views & all

  14. anushree
    July 5, 2015

    Amazing work.It will be privilege for me to work as intern with you. Please suggest me some institutes for photography course

  15. Rini Chakraborty
    June 23, 2015

    beautiful photography..
    it will be Scholarship in my life if i get a chance to worl or learn with you..

  16. Stacy Bonneville
    May 29, 2015

    Amazing work. I’d love for you to be my mentor – I’d love to learn from the best.

  17. Babar
    May 21, 2015

    thats greats pics.
    hye i am babar i want to be a photographer plz tell me

  18. vishnu Balachandran
    May 21, 2015

    black beauty

  19. Olivia
    May 6, 2015

    Great Work!!

  20. Rebaz Blbas
    January 2, 2014

    my name is rebaz iam from iraq _kurdistan i like photogarphy and cameraman cinama

  21. Albert
    December 25, 2013

    just Outstanding and so much connect that i could see in my passion for photography and my passion to discover new things all the time. Would request to kindly pass me on the email ID of Jodi Cobb please. Would contribute and qualify to be a part of the team. This passion in me is not only my passion but my meditation and my prayer too. please help me to reach Jodi Cobb please.

  22. houssam
    December 25, 2013

    bounjour cv

  23. Theresa Du
    December 25, 2013

    I love all.

  24. Theresa Du
    December 25, 2013

    You are very great in this field,and i love all your shootings.

  25. Deepak
    December 17, 2013

    Excellent shot!! The way it speaks about the culture in Saudi Arabia

  26. Blanca Pinon
    December 17, 2013

    freedom before puberty? great photo … very perceptive … what can top a lifelong scholarship …

  27. abdul wahab
    December 17, 2013

    nice photos
    but i want to be the part of your team

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