Rick Smolan, CEO of Against All Odds Productions, is a New York Times bestselling author and technology pioneer. A former Time, Life and National Geographic photographer, Smolan is best known as the co-creator of the Day in the Life books, the bestselling photography series in publishing history.
His global photography projects feature the work of the world’s leading photojournalists and combine creative storytelling with state of the art technology.
Smolan’s publishing projects include From Alice to Ocean (1992) and Passage to Vietnam (1994), two groundbreaking books which showcased the potential of interactive technology to the book publishing world; 24 Hours in Cyberspace (1996), a book and online project that created a digital portrait of the Internet in its infancy; One Digital Day (1998), which explored the impact of the microprocessor on society; AMERICA 24/7 (2003), the first mass customized New York Times bestseller and The Obama Time Capsule (2008), the first print-on-demand best seller.
In the fall of 2012 Smolan released The Human Face of Big Data, focused on how our planet is developing a "nervous system" thanks to humanity's new ability to collect, analyze, and visualize vast amounts of data in real time. The project, sponsored by EMC, Cisco and SAP, resulted in a large format book, a WEBBY AWARD-winning iPad app, and a TV special which won the 2014 Boston Film festival Award for Best Cinematography.
Smolan is a frequent speaker at business and technology conferences, including TED, the World Economic Forum, TEDMED, Techonomy, IdeaCity in Canada, DLD in Germany, and INK in India. More than a million people have watched his “Natasha’a Story” talk on TED.com. (www.NatashaStory.com).
Smolan lives in New York City with his wife and business partner, Jennifer Erwitt, and their children, Phoebe and Jesse.