• May 22, 2014

Cory Richards on Pushing Through the Struggle

“There’s incredible amounts of raw human and natural beauty happening everywhere.” —Cory Richards 

Picture of man in blizzard everest
A expedition team member stops to rest in a blizzard, bandages covering patches of frostbite.

For Cory Richards, photography and mountain climbing were ways to express his personal struggles. He dropped out of high school and went on to push himself both physically and artistically in these arenas. Richards has had his share of adventures along the way. At age 29, he became the first American to successfully summit an 8,000-meter peak in winter, and almost died in the process. His fearless photographs helped him receive the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award in 2011.

During his expeditions, Richards attempts to capture a landscape others have rarely seen. “We’ve all seen the triumphant, symphony on the summit, arm raised [images],” he says. Richards strives to communicate a more balanced perspective with his photographs. For him, it’s all about making the audience feel something. —Kathryn Carlson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

 View more of Cory Richards’ work on his website.

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.

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

There are 28 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Christopher H.
    September 4, 2015

    Nice pics/article.Sounds cool.Check out my pics @NG-Your Shot

  2. Robert
    June 15, 2015

    Awesome Picture sir, I like it. Thank you so much for sharing with us.
    Funny picture

    June 8, 2015

    I love to be a member of national geography photography, all of you did nice jobs. Many thanks to you

  4. Olga
    May 27, 2015

    Adoro o seu trabalho

  5. Raadhika
    May 21, 2015

    The pictures are amazing and they are flawless.

  6. claudia varela
    May 12, 2015

    Amazing experiences! I love photography! And I admire each picture taken by the guys of NatGeo.Congratulations to all of you! From Montevideo-Uruguay

  7. kavas kapadia
    April 11, 2015

    awesome work Cory…. keep it going .The world needs beautiful things more then ever before…

  8. Luc Palmkoeck
    March 26, 2015

    A whole lot of luck with
    A whole lot of luck with fotographing the world, and all the living things that there living upon it.

  9. Pradeep Varma
    March 18, 2015

    Congrats, Cory Richards. & his team.
    Photography is my passion, so out of curiosity, want to know in a minus temperature my camera stop functioning …how does u manage?
    What I imagine is this is impossible mission in which N G team succeed. Best wishes for next venture.

  10. brahimi
    February 28, 2015

    i like alot

  11. Jakir hussain
    January 31, 2015

    Sir I’m photographer of nature.and i can depend in my eyes and trying to take a great shots.i need to know some great ideas from u.my passion photography with art.

  12. ewa
    December 31, 2014


  13. Gina Walker
    November 26, 2014

    I have a lot of awesome pictures tore out of my old Nat. Geo. magazine subscriptions. Now I can watch them come to life through your awesome videos online. Thank you, National Geographic!

  14. Ranjit Adak
    November 14, 2014

    sir, I love photography. please sir teach me. I want to make my career about photography

  15. Sharmila
    November 14, 2014

    look so nice !

  16. Christopher kitchen
    November 11, 2014

    what’s the best type of camera to use for outdoors that can capture a photo without leaving blur and that’s inexpensive

  17. r.hari
    November 7, 2014

    x lent shot

  18. Ranjan bedi
    October 16, 2014

    m allllsooo want b like u..plz teach mee wht u khow abt photo graphy..plz

  19. Roman
    September 23, 2014

    Thank you for amazing photos in the article about Franz-Josef Land.

  20. Minura
    August 22, 2014

    beautiful pictures sir…i like it….♥♥

  21. Purudshottam
    August 14, 2014

    awesome Picture’s. i like all picture’s

  22. David Chappelow
    August 13, 2014

    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll.
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

  23. abhishek
    August 12, 2014

    nice clik sir

  24. sooraj
    August 8, 2014


  25. kartikk
    August 5, 2014

    i love your photography sir,,
    and i appreciate yours photos thankkyou sir

  26. Sharukh khan
    July 15, 2014

    I like adventure,as fellas. photography,,, you can divert my life through your pics

  27. Derek Garcia
    July 8, 2014

    Everything is an adventure and should be lived to its fullest. Beauty can be found in the strangest places but one must be aware that it exists and have an eye to recognize it. Life happens and we should accept it without prejudice. I thoroughly believe in everything you talked about. Thank you!

  28. suresh
    May 24, 2014

    one of the hard es think in that

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