In 1977, photographer Rick Smolan was traveling around Australia (on assignment for the magazine Team) when he encountered an angry woman in the small town of Alice Springs. The story that followed that encounter made the cover of National GeographicMay 1978 edition, and 37 years later, the adventure of Robyn Davidson — the so-called “camel woman” who at the age of 27 traveled about 2700 kilometers from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean with four camels and a dog — jumped into the big screen (the film, from 2013, is called Tracks, with Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver). On Friday, December 2nd, Smolan is the special guest at Exodus Aveiro Fest.
On the festival’s warm-up night — which lasts the entire weekend and beyond —, the only day with free access, the lecture, scheduled for 9.30 pm (seat on a first-come, first-served basis and with limited access to the capacity of the Centro de Congressos de Aveiro), is in charge of Rick Smolan, CEO of Against All Odds Productions, the company that the magazine fortune describes itself as “one of the 25 most cool of America,” and bestselling author of the New York Times, with more than five million copies of its books in print.
But it is as a former photographer of the Teamgives Life and mainly from National Geographic that Smolan, best known for co-creating the book series Day in the Life, will speak in Aveiro. We will get to know a little about the 1977 report, the five visits he made to the woman on the camel during the nine months that his journey lasted, the friendship that was created and the romance that followed. “Even with her ferocity, there was something about her that was very vulnerable. I felt very protective even though she didn’t want to be protected. Whenever I left her, I wondered if it would be the last time I would see her. She could have died along the way”, however, the photographer told National Geographic🇧🇷
Rick Smolan is also responsible for a number of projects, including The Human Face Of Big Date, a kind of diagnosis of planet Earth and a finger pointing at its pathologies. The app The Human Face for iPad even won a Webby for best educational app and the accompanying TV documentary was broadcast nationally in 35 countries, winning Best Cinematography at the Boston Film Festival.
Your last book, The Good Fight: America’s Ongoing Struggle for Justice, is a powerful reminder of how much progress America has made over the last hundred years against hatred, bigotry, racism, misogyny, homophobia and injustice, and what is at stake right now. The book won a number of awards, including the Freedom Fighter from The Independent Book Publishers and the Ben Franklin Association for History and Politics and Current Events Awards.
THE People Magazine chose it as one of the Top Ten Books of the Year, and TED sent a copy to all 1,500 members as an official TED Bookclub selection. Your TED talk The Story of Natasha: An American Homecoming It has been viewed by over a million people.