Storytelling through Pictures with Jim Richardson (Webinar)
Photo by Jim Richardson

Storytelling through Pictures with Jim Richardson (Webinar)

  • June 12, 2021
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

In this Webinar, Jim Richardson will discuss the storytelling tools and methods he has honed over his fifty year career. Drawing on his documentary photography as well as work from thirty five years producing stories for National Geographic, Jim will explore how visual narrative evolves from photographic involvement. Jim is known for deep involvement, both emotionally and intellectually, with his subjects as evidenced by his decades long coverage of one small Great Plains town and his world spanning coverage of issues like food and agriculture. Using the examples of his work in Scotland Jim will share how individual stories can build into larger narratives of spirit and soul.

Jim Richardson ( has built his photographic career around visual storytelling by creating groundbreaking work in documentary, resource issues, environmental photography and the critical concerns of feeding the planet. Before concentrating his working life at National Geographic for the last 30+ years he was noted for his innovative documentary narratives of rural life and adolescence that won him special recognition in the World Understanding contest three times (1975, 1976, 1977) and the Crystal AMI for best multimedia presentation in the world in 1983. For National Geographic he pioneered fresh visual narratives of water issues in the 1990’s before beginning his work on food, agricultural development, and the problems surrounding feeding our growing (and hungry) world. Besides teaching at the Missouri Photo Workshop, Photography at the Summit workshops, Santa Fe Photo Workshops and many others, he was co-founder and content developer of the National Geographic TRAVELER photo seminars. He speaks world-wide on food issues and his longtime fascination with the culture and landscape of Scotland. Among numerous awards he is proudest that his fellow National Geographic photographers named him their “Photographer’s Photographer” in 2014 and the people of Cuba, Kansas (Pop. 186) named him their “Honored Citizen.” He is co-founder of Eyes On Earth, an educational initiative that seeks to inspire a new generation of visual storytellers for the Anthropocene era. In 2017 Kansas State University will bestow an honorary doctorate for his work in cultural and environmental communications.

Webinar – Online Learning Class via Zoom

This class is part of our Saturday “Webinar” series. These 90-minute online presentations, taught by leading leading professionals in the field, are designed to be informative and educational. A wide range of topics will be explored. Each webinar will end with Q&A from the audience.
A link for the Zoom webinar will be emailed to the attendees prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at

One Session
Dates: Saturday, June 12, 10-11:30 am PST
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
Tuition: $45 Non-Members;$35 Members



This course will be meeting online via Zoom. We encourage you to install and test the software on your device prior to the class.

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