“Only when I was able to relinquish control, to give up, to embrace hopelessness, was I able to start to see some semblance of order.”
Cory Richards’ camera has taken him from the runway to the wild and remote corners of world, from Antarctica’s unclimbed peaks to the Himalayas of Nepal and Pakistan, in an attempt to capture not only the soul of exploration, but also the beauty of modern society.
“I want people to care, to fall in love, and to take action.”
Joel specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes around the world. He is the founder of The Photo Ark, a 25-year documentary project to save species and habitat.
In his words, “It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity. When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.”
"The real interest comes in figuring out how these places work. Invariably, that comes down to how are people there bringing meaning to their lives."
Jim Richardson is a photographer for National Geographic magazine and a contributing editor for its sister publication, National Geographic Traveler magazine. Richardson has photographed more than 30 stories for National Geographic. He is an expert on the British Isles and global agriculture.
“Living in the moment is very difficult and it seems everything has been worked out now with technology to make you live forward and backward but not in it. ”
Matthieu Paley is a National Geographic photographer living between the remote reaches of the earth and a small village on the Aegean coast in Turkey. For the past 16 years Paley has embarked on assignments for various magazines all over the world, from the base camp of the highest unclimbed mountain in the world in Bhutan to Nauru, the world’s smallest republic in the middle of the Pacific ocean.
"The most beautiful thing about photography is that I'm always rewarded when I put in the time. I think that's a really wonderful life lesson that I don't think I'm very good at applying to everything in my life."
Amy Toensing, an American photojournalist committed to telling stories with sensitivity and depth, is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people. She has covered cultures around the world including the last cave dwelling tribe of Papua New Guinea, the Maori of New Zealand and the Kingdom of Tonga.
“In the media, you see events, and events have a tendency to be forgotten. You kind of look, and you forget, and I think there’s a lot more staying power if you lay down a gallery of faces.”
Effendi grew up in the USSR, witnessing her country’s path to independence — one marred by war, political instability, and economic collapse. From the outset, Effendi focused her photography on issues of conflict, social justice, and the oil industry’s effect on people and the environment.
"When people say, 'I want to be a wildlife photographer' - that's awesome! Go take pictures of wildlife. Everyone's got a camera in their pocket now, so just go out and do it."
Bertie Gregory is a 23-year-old wildlife filmmaker, photographer and presenter. In July 2014, he graduated in Zoology with First Class Honours from the University of Bristol and the next day, boarded a plane to begin assisting photographer Steve Winter in South Africa on assignment for National Geographic magazine.
“It’s not about what you can take. It’s really about what that person chooses to give you.”
Johnson has dedicated the last four decades to exploring the far reaches of the human condition. She is known and respected for shooting elusive subjects—vanishing languages, disease, rape, the invisible injuries inflicted by war —and for asking tough questions. But what is striking about Johnson is the respect and integrity she demonstrates throughout her work, always putting the people who let her into their lives above her own ambitions. Her ego never gets in the way of allowing the people in front of her lens to tell their story.
“I am a photojournalist, first and foremost, and if I cross a line, then there might not be any going back. I think you have to maintain journalistic integrity, and if you do the story right, then people will draw their own conclusions to the degree that there is a right and wrong in these stories.
Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998, he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic magazine, and in 2014 he was named a National Geographic Photography Fellow.
“I never think I’ve got the story. Ever. It’s almost ridiculous. I put myself through the ringer”