Photographer Cory Richards: Vulnerability is the Key to Great Art

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Cory Richards is an adventure photographer and athlete who was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. His camera has taken him from controlled studios, to wild and remote corners of the world, from the unclimbed peaks of Antarctica, to the Himalayas of Nepal and Pakistan—all in the attempt to capture the soul of adventure and exploration. 

Cory is a passionate alpinist and climber, and has carved out a niche for himself as one of the world's leading adventure and expedition photographers. Cory's photography has appeared in National Geographic magazine, Outside, and the New York Times. His film work has won awards at nearly every major adventure film festival including the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. 

Cory was on the 2015 Banff Mountain Film Competition jury when we caught up with him to talk about photography, adventure and why artists need to be vulnerable. 

Photos courtesy of Cory Richards.