Jim Richardson

Award-winning photographer for National Geographic

Jim Richardson is an award-winning photographer whose work has attracted international acclaim and numerous media appearances, including two profiles by CBS News Sunday Morning. A photographer of global issues and landscapes for National Geographic for more than 30 years, as well as a documentarian recognized for his explorations of life in rural places, Mr. Richardson’s work has focused on critical environmental resources issues and the Celtic world, with special attention to Scotland and its remote islands. His also shoots travel photography for National Geographic Traveler, where he is a contributing editor, and National Geographic Expeditions. He frequently represents the National Geographic Society in keynote presentations, media appearances, cultural enrichment lectures for travel groups, and workshops, including the National Geographic Traveler Seminars, of which he was a founder. Richardson began documenting rural Kansas life as a photographer for the Topeka Capital-Journal in 1970.  His first project was published in 1979 as the book High School USA, which is today considered a photo documentary classic.

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