Over the last two decades, this photographer, director and DP has combined his creativity, athleticism and burning desire for exploration to capture some of the wildest places on earth. In doing so, Rich not only secured a place at the center of contemporary adventure storytelling, but he can be named as one of the pioneers of this authentic style of immersionbased photographic and motion work.
Rich has documented some of the world’s greatest athletes in extreme locations spanning the globe, from alpine climbing in Pakistan’s Karakoram Mountains to ultra-marathon racing in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, freight-train hopping in the American West, underwater cave exploration in the Yucatan and snowboarding in Papua New Guinea.
Rich’s work has been featured in a host of top editorial publications, and he has directed and shot still and motion campaigns for some of the most innovative companies of our time. His clients have included Adobe, Adidas, Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Columbia Sportswear, Discovery, Energizer, Ford, Mazda, NBC, New Mexico Tourism, Nevada Tourism, Nike, Nikon, The North Face, Patagonia, Red Bull and Vail Resorts.
Rich is Vice President and co-owner of Aurora Photos, Novus Select and Tectonic Media Group. With the goal of better connecting major clients to stunning outdoor media, Rich was the driving force behind Aurora’s Outdoor Collection, which is now the world’s leading brand of adventure and outdoorlifestyle stock photography. Also, Rich was instrumental in creating Novus Select, Aurora’s assignment agency and video production company, with offices in New York City and Portland, Maine. In 2012, Rich helped launch, and joined, Tectonic Media Group, a division of Novus Select. Representing the most elite outdoor adventure photographers, filmmakers and professional athletes working today, TMG is achieving high-production-value shoots in some of the most remote and dangerous locations on earth.
Rich is a Nikon ambassador, a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team, a professional partner with Lowepro, on the Visual Journalism Advisory Board at Brooks Institute, co-founder and lead instructor of the Summit Series Adventure Workshop, member of the Rowell Legacy Committee and on the judging panel for The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure.
His first book, My Favorite Place: Great Athletes in the Great Outdoors, was published by Chronicle Books in 2006.