Adventure Photographer, Corey Rich

09.30.2019 - By BLISTER Podcast

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Adventure photographer, Corey Rich, has spent a lot of time hanging out with and documenting some of the most interesting and amazing athletes in the world. And he is exceptionally good at talking about those experiences, so you are in for a treat.  Furthermore, Corey has just released his excellent new book, Stories Behind the Images: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography, so this was the perfect occasion for a conversation with Corey about his remarkable career; why being good at hanging out is a great quality of a photographer; why making mistakes and being vulnerable makes for great storytelling; and Corey shares some stories about his time with some of the seminal figures in rock climbing, like Fred Beckey, Chris Sharma, Tommy Caldwell, and Ashima Shiraishi. We also talk about what separates his new book from most other “photo” books (spoiler alert: Stories Behind the Images isn’t really a “photo book”); how changes in photography and film technology affect his work; what his dream assignment would be; and much, much more.  You can order his book from Mountaineers, Amazon, or Indiebound, and you can check out his upcoming book tour events at StoriesBehindtheImages.com. TOPICS & TIMES:Corey’s latest project (2:40)Origin of “Stories Behind the Images” (8:03)Why screwing up makes for great stories (11:00)Corey as a “historian” of rock climbing (16:45)How did you pick which essays to include? (21:00)What’s next for Chris Sharma? (28:37)Ashima Shiraishi & honesty on social media (35:22)Photography tips (40:53)What have been the biggest changes in photography? (51:43)What goes into a “perfect” shoot? (56:47)What’s your dream assignment? (1:02:04)What “hanging out” has to do with photography (1:05:35)Favorite chapters in the book? (1:08:12)

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