Stories Behind the Images: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography

Corey Rich (Author)


Named to Fast Company's most promising books list for September 2019

From his early days working out of his dorm room and shooting on film to becoming a Nikon ambassador and official photographer of the historic Dawn Wall ascent, Corey Rich has been capturing iconic shots of adventure superstars for more than two decades. Now Corey tells how he got some of his favorite images of climbers, adventurers, skiers, performance artists, and more. He shares insights into the business of photography, photography tips, outdoor lessons, and what he has learned about human nature along the way.

Featured outdoor athletes include:

  • Tommy Caldwell
  • Project Bandaloop
  • Beth Rodden
  • Lynn Hill
  • Ashima Shiraishi
  • Kelly Slater
  • Bear Grylls
  • Alex Honnold
  • Fred Beckey
  • and many more

Read an interview with Corey.

Read an excerpt from the book about working with Beth Rodden

Product Details

$29.95  $27.55
Mountaineers Books
Publish Date
September 12, 2019
8.5 X 0.9 X 9.9 inches | 2.3 pounds
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About the Author

Corey Rich's career began in the '90s when, as a college kid, he traveled the country in a beat-up Honda Civic, photographing rock climbers. As his skills and reputation grew along with the popularity of climbing and other action sports, Corey was there to tell the stories of some of the world's best athletes. Corey's work has appeared on nearly 100 magazine covers and in the pages of the New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and National Geographic. He lives in South Lake Tahoe with his family. Visit him online at


Corey Rich is one of those rare breeds that marries multiple skills and somehow makes 2 and 2 add up to 5. As a true artist, he is as fine a photographer as he is a climber, teacher, mentor, speaker, and storyteller.--Rich Clarkson, former director of photography at National Geographic
Epic stories from a man who has lived and worked on the edge.--Bear Grylls, survival specialist and television personality
Corey Rich is one of the best visual storytellers out there. Stories Behind the Images is a behind-the-scenes look that shows you that the person holding the camera is perhaps the biggest adventurer of them all. I absolutely love this book.--Tommy Caldwell, professional climber
A life well lived is the reflection of a world-class person. That is Corey! His courage, creativity and photographic brilliance is inspirational. World class is the essence of story behind the image.--Tom Frost, Yosemite climbing and adventure photography pioneer
Corey Rich, the official photographer for the Dawn Wall ascent, shares lessons from his life's work in Stories Behind the Images. His subjects include some of the best known names in the outdoors.--Outdoor Project
Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout in full color, "Stories Behind the Images: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography" is an inherently fascinating and impressively informative read from first page to last.--Midwest Book Review
If you're looking to read about people, check out Corey Rich's Stories Behind the Images: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography. For over two decades he has snapped pictures of folks who attempt amazing feats, and now he's sharing the tales behind them.--Sara Barnes, "10 Art Books That Will Nourish Your Creative Soul" "My Modern Met "
You'll find in Corey Rich's newly released Stories Behind the Images: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography, a cross between eye-popping imagery and very readable essays on the process of bringing those photographs into being.--Rangefinder
Turn the pages of this nearly 300-page book and you'll find images of athletes immersed to their ears in powdery snow, clinging to rock faces, dancing on rapids, and other endeavors from the outer edges of human adventure. No doubt most of us would feel safest as "armchair athletes" simply turning the pages of this book and admiring what the daring have done. But...the book also could serve as inspiration for more than a few to get out there and see how far we can push our own limits.--Kurt Repanshek "National Parks Traveler "
Stories provides ample fodder for the imagination, but because its narratives are crafted with heart and humility, it goes deeper to allow for moments of reflection and to serve as a fount of inspiration for anyone--photographer, filmmaker, climber, or otherwise--who seeks to carve out a creative life.--Shawnte Salabert "Adventure Journal "
Stories Behind the Images, a new book release from renowned outdoor photographer Corey Rich, is as captivating to read as it is to look at.... It's storytelling at its finest.--Megan Michelson "REI Co-op Journal "
Rich's memoir is informative, entertaining reading for climbers, photographers, and armchair adventurers alike.... The book is reminiscent of the late-great chef Anthony Bordain's Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, where Rich shares the secrets of his society with the greater public.--Chris Van Leuven "Gripped "