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Inspirational Insights From The Life Of NatGeo Photographer Cory Richards

By Paul Faecks on June 3rd 2014

Cory Richards is seen by many people as someone who has “made it.” He is a North Face athlete and shoots for National Geographic. Cory Richard has even been on the cover of the NatGeo magazine. But Cory’s story has not always been a success story. He experienced some pretty difficult challenges in his life: he dropped out of high school when he was 14 and soon became homeless. Everything he has learned was just from observing other people working.


Cory always searched for a way to visualize what he was seeing around him and photography became his voice to express himself.

Cory Richardson is someone who always loved mountains and climbing them. In 2010, he went to Pakistan to climb a mountain in the Himalayan winter. He almost died on this trip. After realizing that he was still alive, he pointed the camera at himself to take a moving self portrait that became the cover of a National Geographic magazine.

In this video, you can see two things that are characteristic for professional photographers: He doesn’t really care for how cold his fingers are or or much his back hurts. The only thing he cares about is the shot. And secondly, he is just really good with people. You see him joking with an old man and that is what can make the different between a good and a great shot: soul.

[via BlueChalk]


Paul Faecks is a portrait- and fine art photographer, based in Berlin. If you want to check out his latest work, you can do so by following him on Instagram or by liking his Facebook Page

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Mads Helmer Petersen

    Fantastic and inspiring film !

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  2. Keegan Carroll

    Incredible video, Incredible Photography, Incredible man. This is what photography means to the viewer. From the 1st moment I watched this video i was incapsulated in it and once he turned the camera on himself i was fully couldn’t turn away. Great work.

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  3. subhadeep

    Thank You very much Cory. You & your story is really Inspirational !

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  4. Monikah

    Wow, so inspiring!

    I am a full time photographer and lately I am feeling a little bit brought down from the industry. This was a great pick me up and absolutely needed.

    I will need to keep this in mind for my upcoming photo venture in the Philippines’

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    • Paul Faecks

      Hey Monikah!
      We all sometimes need that moments of inspiration, don’t we?
      Have a nice time in the Philippines!


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