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PHOTOGR A PHY A T T HE S UMMI T National Museum of Wildlife Art | WildlifeArt.org “To be great, photography needs to tell a story, to show high emotion and to invite the reader in.” – Rich Clarkson Rich Clarkson, owner of Denver-based Clarkson Creative and originator of Photography at the Summit, has a long history of sports photography that began when he was still in high school. While at the University of Kansas, he covered basketball, traveling with the team and documenting the 1952 NCAA Men’s National Championships in which KU defeated St. John’s for the title. One of his most iconic photographs is of a young Wilt Chamberlain, a freshman at KU in 1955, sitting in a folding chair and tying his shoes. And, in this quiet moment, the viewer gets a sense of how tall the 7-foot-1-inch Chamberlain really was. “The action shots are not always where the action is,” says Clarkson. During his distinguished career, Clarkson photographed for Sports Illustrated, was director of photography at the Topeka Capital-Journal and was director of photography at National Geographic magazines. 62 continued on page 64 Clockwise from top left: © George Mullinix, © Becky Walter, © Dave Snyder, © John Warner, © Joshua Hardin. Courtesy Clarkson Creative.


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