National Geographic

1000 Words

Photograph by Cory Richards

  • April 18, 2018

  • 7:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Regular $25.00

  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Conversation

An image is worth 1000 words, but is there more to the story? After surviving a grade 4 avalanche, leading adventure photographer Cory Richards snapped an unforgettable selfie that seemed to exemplify the fearless and rugged spirit of an explorer, making the cover of National Geographic magazine in January 2013. Learn the full story behind this iconic image—and the true power of photography—in this candid conversation between Cory and National Geographic Senior Editor, Expeditions, Peter Gwin.


Courtesy of Cory Richards

Cory Richards


A 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, photographer CORY RICHARDS has focused his lens everywhere from the controlled and complex studio to the wild and unclimbed peaks of Antarctica and the Himalaya to the forgotten war zones of Angola, Uganda, and Pakistan. Cory is a passionate climber and social documentarian, and one of the world’s leading adventure and expedition photographers. His photography has appeared in National Geographic, Outside magazine, and the New York Times, and his film work has won awards at nearly every major adventure film festival, including grand prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. In August 2017, Outside published an abridged biography of his life story—from dropping out of high school at 14 to recently joining the select few who have summited Everest without supplemental oxygen.

Peter Gwin


PETER GWIN has been a National Geographic staff writer and editor since 2003. He has written on a wide range of subjects, including pirates in the Strait of Malacca, early tyrannosaurs, lost Timbuktu manuscripts, ship breakers in Bangladesh, and the security situation in northern Africa. In 2012, he was awarded the Overseas Press Club’s Whitman Bassow Award for best environmental reporting for his work on the rhino poaching crisis. He has received research grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Green Park Foundation in London for his work in Africa’s Sahara and Sahel regions. In 2012 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to trace the history of aging kung fu masters in China’s Song Mountain. Peter is a graduate of Furman University and began his career teaching English in Botswana.

Photograph by Randall Scott

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