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Photographer & Big Data Enthusiast

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 Rick Smolan Biography

Rick Smolan is a former Time, Life and National Geographic photographer best known as the creator of the Day in the Life book series – the bestselling photo books that captured life in America, Japan, Australia, the Soviet Union and other countries in the '80s – as well as America 24/7. As CEO of Against All Odds Productions, Smolan's projects focus on capturing the human face of emerging topics and specialize in the design and execution of large-scale crowd-sourced global projects that combine compelling storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. His projects result in bestselling illustrated books, TV specials, Apps, exhibits and hundreds of millions of media impressions.

Smolan’s book From Alice to Ocean is based on a National Geographic cover story that he photographed about Robyn Davidson, a young Australian woman who traveled solo across the Australia outback accompanied only by camels. Her adventure is considered one of the five most memorable stories in National Geographic's 125 year history. Davidson’s narrative of her trip, Tracks, became a classic and bestseller. The book has now been turned into a film by the Oscar Winning producers of The Kings Speech, starring Mia Wasikowska as Davidson and Adam Driver as Smolan. The movie premiered to glowing reviews at the recent Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film festivals and will be released in the U.S. by the Weinstein Brothers in September 2014.

Smolan’s most recent project was The Human Face of Big Data, which looks at how all of our devices are creating a planetary nervous system and that the massive gathering and analyzing of data in real time is suddenly allowing us to address some of humanity’s biggest challenges, including pollution, world hunger and illness. On December 4, 2012, the book was delivered to 10,000 world leaders, Fortune 500 CEOs, heads of media companies, Oscar, Pulitzer Prize and Olympic winners, and other notable figures in 50 countries around the world.

The Human Face of Big Data book was a best seller and to date has sold more than 55,000 copies. The TED book club also chose the book as one of their official selections and sent a copy to all 1700 TED attendees. Last year, the “Human Face” iPad app won the WEBBY for best educational app, Apple featured it on the front page of 42 of its App stores around the world and Adweek awarded it the “Tablet App of the Year.” Additionally, the one hour documentary based on the project recently won The Boston Film Festival’s “Best Cinematography Award.”

Now having spent more than two years immersed in the world of Big Data and speaking with dozens of the scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs pioneering this space, Smolan is convinced Big Data is going to have 1,000 times more of an impact on our lives than the Internet. In his presentations, he seeks to connect and visualize Big Data into meaningful ways where the human race can have an entirely new set of tools to use in shaping the future. From his "Day in the Life" photography series to his current projects, Rick Smolan is a force for exploring culture in unique ways.

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The Human Face of Big Data

The Human Face of Big Data

America at Home

America at Home

Cats 24/7: Extraordinary Photographs of Wonderful Cats

Cats 24/7: Extraordinary Photographs of Wonderful Cats

Dogs 24/7: Extraordinary Photographs of Wonderful Dogs

Dogs 24/7: Extraordinary Photographs of Wonderful Dogs

America 24/7

America 24/7

One Digital Day : How the Microchip is Changing Our World

One Digital Day : How the Microchip is Changing Our World

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  • Day in the Life

  • The Human Face of Big Data

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Rick Smolan

Photographer & Big Data Enthusiast

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Rick Smolan Biography

Rick Smolan is a former Time, Life and National Geographic photographer best known as the creator of the Day in the Life book series – the bestselling photo books that captured life in America, Japan, Australia, the Soviet Union and other countries in the '80s – as well as America 24/7. As CEO of Against All Odds Productions, Smolan's projects focus on capturing the human face of emerging topics and specialize in the design and execution of large-scale crowd-sourced global projects that combine compelling storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. His projects result in bestselling illustrated books, TV specials, Apps, exhibits and hundreds of millions of media impressions.

Smolan’s book From Alice to Ocean is based on a National Geographic cover story that he photographed about Robyn Davidson, a young Australian woman who traveled solo across the Australia outback accompanied only by camels. Her adventure is considered one of the five most memorable stories in National Geographic's 125 year history. Davidson’s narrative of her trip, Tracks, became a classic and bestseller. The book has now been turned into a film by the Oscar Winning producers of The Kings Speech, starring Mia Wasikowska as Davidson and Adam Driver as Smolan. The movie premiered to glowing reviews at the recent Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film festivals and will be released in the U.S. by the Weinstein Brothers in September 2014.

Smolan’s most recent project was The Human Face of Big Data, which looks at how all of our devices are creating a planetary nervous system and that the massive gathering and analyzing of data in real time is suddenly allowing us to address some of humanity’s biggest challenges, including pollution, world hunger and illness. On December 4, 2012, the book was delivered to 10,000 world leaders, Fortune 500 CEOs, heads of media companies, Oscar, Pulitzer Prize and Olympic winners, and other notable figures in 50 countries around the world.

The Human Face of Big Data book was a best seller and to date has sold more than 55,000 copies. The TED book club also chose the book as one of their official selections and sent a copy to all 1700 TED attendees. Last year, the “Human Face” iPad app won the WEBBY for best educational app, Apple featured it on the front page of 42 of its App stores around the world and Adweek awarded it the “Tablet App of the Year.” Additionally, the one hour documentary based on the project recently won The Boston Film Festival’s “Best Cinematography Award.”

Now having spent more than two years immersed in the world of Big Data and speaking with dozens of the scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs pioneering this space, Smolan is convinced Big Data is going to have 1,000 times more of an impact on our lives than the Internet. In his presentations, he seeks to connect and visualize Big Data into meaningful ways where the human race can have an entirely new set of tools to use in shaping the future. From his "Day in the Life" photography series to his current projects, Rick Smolan is a force for exploring culture in unique ways.

Rick Smolan Videos

  • Rick Smolan: A girl, a photograph, a homecoming
    http://www.ted.com Photographer Rick Smolan tells the unforgettable story of a young Amerasian girl, a fateful photograph, and an adoption saga with...
  • Rick Smolan: Can Big Data Change Who You Are?
  • Rick Smolan: Using Psychic Apps to Improve Your Health

Rick Smolan Books

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Rick Smolan Speaking Topics

  • Day in the Life

  • The Human Face of Big Data

FAQs on booking Rick Smolan

  • How to book Rick Smolan?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Rick Smolan for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Rick Smolan, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Rick Smolan or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Rick Smolan?

    Booking fees for Rick Smolan, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Rick Smolan, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Rick Smolan?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Rick Smolan for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Rick Smolan for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Rick Smolan or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Rick Smolan or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Rick Smolan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Rick Smolan for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Rick Smolan generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are David Pogue, Peter Diamandis, Graham Hill, Daniel Altman and Peter Thiel. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Rick Smolan for an upcoming event.

Rick Smolan Speaker Videos

  • Rick Smolan: A girl, a photograph, a homecoming
    http://www.ted.com Photographer Rick Smolan tells the unforgettable story of a young Amerasian girl, a fateful photograph, and an adoption saga with a twist.
    Rick Smolan: Can Big Data Change Who You Are?
  • Rick Smolan: Using Psychic Apps to Improve Your Health
    Julian Assange vs. J. Edgar Hoover: Who's the real hero?
  • Big Data | A Conversation with Rick Smolan and Carlos Dominguez ...

Rick Smolan Speaking Topics

  • Day in the Life

  • The Human Face of Big Data

Rick Smolan News

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