About Jim Richardson
Jim Richardson is a photographer for National Geographic Magazine and a contributing editor for its sister publication,TRAVELER Magazine. Richardson has photographed more than 25 stories for National Geographic.
Richardson's work takes him around the world, from the tops of volcanic peaks to below the surface of swamps and wetlands. ABC News Nightline produced a story about the long process of assembling a National Geographic coverage by following Richardson in the field and at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
In addition to his color photography, Richardson has built a distinguished body of black-and-white documentary work about rural Kansas life. His audiovisual presentation, “Reflections From a Wide Spot in the Road,” has toured internationally. A 22-page story about his 30 years of photographing life in the north central Kansas town of Cuba, population 230, was published in National Geographic and featured twice by CBS News Sunday Morning, most recently in May 2004. His 1979 study of adolescence, “High School USA,” is now considered a photo essay classic and is used in college classrooms.
Richardson speaks nationally and internationally. He lives in Lindsborg, Kansas, where his work is featured at his gallery, Small World, on Lindsborg’s Main Street.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE
The Rising Great Salt Lake: No Way to Run a Desert June 1985, p.694-719
The Colorado: A River Drained Dry p. 2-35, July 1988,
Atlanta on the Rise June 1991, p.3-29
Ogallala Aquifer: Wellspring of the High Plains March 1993, p. 80-109
Our Disappearing Wetlands October 1992, p. 3-45; also on the issue’s “On Assignment” page
Troubled Waters Run Deep on US pollution in Water: A National Geographic Special Edition November 1993, p. 78-89; also “On Assignment”
The Mississippi: River Under Siege in Water: A National Geographic Special Edition November 1993, p. 90-105
Great Flood of ‘93 January 1994, p. 42-81
A Farming Revolution: Sustainable Agriculture December 1995 p. 60-89; also ”On Assignment”
Scotland: Plaid to the Bone September 1996, p. 2-27
Colorado’s Front Range November 1996 p. 80-103
Cascadia May 1998, p. 6-37; also on the issue’s “On Assignment” page
Orkney: Ancient North Sea Haven June 1998, p. 46-61
Living with Natural Hazards July 1998, p. 3-40
Mount St. Helens May 2000, p. 106-125
California Trail: Blazing the Way West September 2000, p. 34-63; also ”On Assignment”
Columbia: A River Dammed April 2001, p.2-34; also on the issue’s “On Assignment” page
Once and Future Fury: California’s Volcanic North October 2001, p. 68-83; “On Assignment”
Food: How Safe? How Altered? May 2002, p. 2-51; also “On Assignment”
Change of Heartland: America’s Great Plains May 2004 and...
Pulling Together: 30 Years in the Life of Cuba, Kansas May 2004, page 2-53; also on the issue’s “From the Editor,” “Final Edit,” and “On Assignment” pages
Celt Appeal March 2006 p. 74-95; also, “Inside National Geographic.
Flint Hills April 2007; also, “Inside National Geographic.
Our Good Earth September 2008; also, “Inside National Geographic.
End of Night November 2008; also, “Inside National Geographic.
Food Ark July 2011.
King James Bible December 2011.