Cory Richard: Life as an Adventure Photographer With PTSD

As we have mentioned several times in the past, National Geographic Photographer Cory Richards is not just an accomplished photographer but also an amazing story teller. On this National Geographic Live! lecture he talks about the beginning of the road for him – from his troubled adolescence and his early years as a photographer and mountain climber.

On this first part of the lecture Richard start with his early years as a child on the street taking pictures, but not sure where to sleep, through the beginning of his mountain climbing days. The main part of the lecture has to do with his climb of the G2 summit in Pakistan and his near death experience which led to post-traumatic stress disorder and how he cooped with it.

Richard’s selfie coming down from the G2 got him the cover of  National Geographic but also an interesting personal story on the harsh weather of the G2 and the Pakistani soldiers in a base near the mountain. This experience was the door for Richard to shoot full stories for National Geographic on different cultures and creating visual narrative.

We published several of Richard’s past lectures on National Geographic Live! here on LensVid which you can find here.

You can watch more videos of interesting photographers on our photographer section here on LensVid. You can find more amazing videos from National Geographic Live! on our dedicated page.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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