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School of Natural Resources Seminar - Jim Richardson, National Geographic Photographer

From Ideas to Images: Translating science and environmental issues into pictures for National Geographic

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Hardin Hall Room: 107 South (Auditorium)
3310 Holdrege St
Lincoln NE 68583
Additional Info: HARH
Virtual Location: Zoom View Seminars
Target Audiences:
Carlee Koehler-Moates,
For 35 years Jim Richardson has covered complex and challenging stories around the world for National
Geographic Magazine. In this presentation he will discuss the challenges of translating science and
research into compelling images that tell rich stories. Richardson became an acknowledged master at
tackling difficult — but important — subjects. (His fellow National Geographic colleagues name him their
“Photographer’s Photographer.”) Topics in this lecture will range from food and agriculture, soil, Scottish
moors, Tallgrass Prairie, light pollution, Neolithic archeology, GMO foods, Mount St. Helens, the Ogallala
Aquifer and (perhaps) the cultural and linguistic impact of the translation of the King James Bible in 1611.
If prompted he will also report on his favorite Scottish islands and preferred single malt whiskies.

Jim Richardson has built his photographic career around visual storytelling by creating groundbreaking work in documentary, resource issues, environmental photography, and the critical concerns of feeding the planet. Before concentrating his working life at National Geographic for the last 30+ years he was noted for his innovative documentary narratives of rural life and adolescence that won him special recognition in the World Understanding contest three times (1975, 1976, 1977) and the Crystal AMI for best multimedia presentation in the world in 1983. For National Geographic he pioneered fresh visual narratives of water issues in the 1990’s before beginning his work on food, agricultural development, and the problems surrounding feeding our growing (and hungry) world. He speaks world-wide on food issues and his longtime fascination with the culture and landscape of Scotland. Among numerous awards he is proudest that his fellow National Geographic photographers named him their “Photographer’s Photographer” in 2014 and the people of Cuba, Kansas (Pop. 186) named him their “Honored Citizen.” He is co-founder of Eyes On Earth, an educational initiative that seeks to inspire a new generation of visual storytellers for the Anthropocene era. In 2017 Kansas State University bestowed an honorary doctorate for his work in cultural and environmental communications.

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