About Rick

Bio

Rick Smolan is a former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, best known as the creator of the "Day in the Life" book series.

Today, Smolan's directs global photography projects which combine creative storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. Many of his books have appeared on the New York Times best-seller lists and have been featured on the covers of Fortune, Time, and Newsweek.

Smolan has spoken at TED, The Davos World Economic Forum, The Ford Foundation, The Wired Health Conference, TEDMED, Techonomy, DLD in Munich, IdeaCity in Canada, INK in India, The Strata Conference, etc. His TED talk "Natasha's Story: An American Homecoming" has been watched by more than a million people in 18 languages.

"From Alice to Ocean" and "Passage to Vietnam" proved the storytelling powers of interactive CD-ROMs, "24 Hours in Cyberspace" took a snapshot of the infant Internet, "One Digital Day" explored the impact of the microprocessor on civilization.

"AMERICA 24/7" enabled thousands of Americans to create a national family album during one ordinary week, was a NY Times bestseller and selected by Oprah Winfrey as one of her "Favorite Things."

In the fall of 2012 Smolan released "The Human Face of Big Data" focusing on humanity's new ability to collect, analyze, triangulate and visualize vast amounts of data in real time. The project, sponsored by EMC, aimed at speaking a globe conversation, resulted in a large format book, an engaging iPad app, and a TV special. sponsored by Cisco. The book was delivered to 10,000 key influencers in 50 countries courtesy of FedEx.

In 2014 the Oscar Winning Producers of "The Kings Speech" are releasing TRACKS. In the movie Robyn Davidson will be portrayed by Mia Wasikowska ("Stoker", "The Kids are Alright", "Alice in Wonderland" with Johnny Depp). Smolan will be portrayed by Adam Driver, the star of the hit TV series "Girls".

Fortune magazine describes Smolan's company, Against All Odds as "One of the 25 Coolest Companies in America."

Languages

Italian, Spanish

TED Conferences

TED2014, TED2013, TED2012, TED2011, TED2010, TED2009, TED2008, TED2006, TED2005, TED2004

Universities

Dickinson College

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