COLUMBIA, MO (October 14, 2016) – Former National Press Photographers Association president Rich Clarkson is among three distinguished journalists and three organizations who will receive the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism during a ceremony on the University of Missouri in Columbia campus on October 18.
Clarkson’s career includes a turn as director of photography at the National Geographic Society, The Denver Post, The Topeka (KS) Capital-Journal and Sports Illustrated. He founded Denver-based Clarkson Creative in 1987 for the creation and management of unique projects based in various uses of fine photography.
He organized the photographic coverage of the Munich and Montreal Olympics for Time magazine, the Moscow Olympics for Sports Illustrated and for the Atlanta Olympic games. And Clarkson Creative does all the photography of the 91 national championships of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In addition, Clarkson chairs NPPA’s Council of Presidents.
He has co-authored six books and among the 15 books his company has produced is Brian Lanker’s “I Dream A World,” portraits of America’s great black women, which became the best-selling trade coffee table book in American publishing history. Another landmark book Clarkson produced is “Where Valor Rests: Arlington National Cemetery,” a photography book featuring the work of many award-winning photographers which is given as a memento to families who bury someone at the nation’s premier cemetery.
Clarkson has been a Pulitzer Prize juror, a lecturer in a variety of venues from the International Center of Photography in New York City to the Sasakawa Foundation in Tokyo. He organized NPPA’s 50th anniversary celebration including a rededication of the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington with a week-long series of events. Read more about the Missouri Honor Medal and this year’s recipients online here.