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Cory Richards: #LifeNoFilter

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“You don’t get to decide when and where nature is going to come down on top of you.” — Cory Richards

Cory Richards’ life has followed an irregular arc. Climbing at five, a high school dropout at 14, and the first American to climb an 8,000-meter peak in winter at 29, his path has been anything but “normal.” Perhaps it’s those experiences that have lent to Richards’ insatiable pursuit and passion for exposing the story and richness of the human element. As a climber, much of his work has extended from expeditions to the greater ranges of the world where he has carved a niche as one of the leading adventure and expedition photographers. “Expeditions are an incredible opportunity to see who people are and how they respond to struggle, both external and internal…and it’s that that tells a great story.”

Richards’ camera has taken him from the controlled and complex studio to the wild and remote corners of Nepal and Pakistan…all in the attempt to capture not only the soul of adventure and exploration, but the ‘beauty’ inherent in our modern society as well. His client list includes National Geographic magazine, OutsideNew York Times, Red Bull, and Fossil. His film work has won awards at nearly every major adventure film festival including the grand prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival for his film Cold. In 2012, he was awarded the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award for his efforts as both a climber and visual storyteller.

Join Cory Richards for a look at his adventures in the world’s remote places, including an expedition to Antarctica described in the September 2013 National Geographic.


February 21 @ 7:00 pm


Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 Located between 2nd and 3rd St. in downtown San Jose.


Convenient parking available @ 2nd & San Carlos Garage $5 flat fee after 6 PM

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Accessible by BART and VTA (2nd & Paseo De San Antonio exit is in front of the Hammer Theatre)