A Tribute to Discomfort: Cory Richards


Author: Blue Chalk | Duration: 4:14min

Blue Chalk worked with National Geographic Creative photographer and North Face athlete Cory Richards to create a promotional piece to demonstrate the scope of his work and the passion and athleticism that accompanies him in the field. A Tribute to Discomfort brings the viewer through Cory’s stunning work, his unique sense of humor, and his quest to create photographs that relate a common humanity.

About Blue Chalk Media

Blue Chalk Media is an award-winning production and media strategy company founded by proven business leaders who believe in the power of nonfiction visual storytelling. As the use of video spreads rapidly across platforms, Blue Chalk Media is at the forefront of creating top-quality content for clients such as The New York Times, The Weather Channel, Discovery Education, and Carnegie Corporation of New York. Our work includes branded content, social impact videos, educational videos, and a variety of nonfiction series and projects for multi-platform distribution.

Apart from the work we do for brands and advocacy organizations, a separate division of the company produces content commissioned as journalism. These assignments may take the form of short- or long-form documentaries, series, photographic essays or interactive web content. Videos produced by Blue Chalk Journalism have been released by The New York Times and BBC World News.

While recognized for our cinematic shooting and editing styles, the heart of all Blue Chalk productions is the care taken in choosing characters whose stories resonate with viewers as authentic and powerful. Our goal is to apply the techniques and storytelling perspectives of the documentary filmmaker and photojournalist to all the work we do. Blue Chalk Media is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY with an office in Portland, OR.

About Cory Richards

A climber and visual storyteller, Cory Richards was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. His camera has taken him from the controlled and complex studio to the wild and remote corners of the world, from the unclimbed peaks of Antarctica to the Himalaya of Nepal and Pakistan—all in an attempt to capture not only the soul of adventure and exploration but also the beauty inherent in our modern society.

Richards is a passionate mountain climber on the North Face athletic team and has carved a niche as one of the world’s leading adventure and expedition photographers. His photography has appeared in National Geographic magazine, Outside, and the New York Times, and his film work has won awards at nearly every major adventure film festival, including the grand prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

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