Founder and CEO
Against All Odds Productions
Rick Smolan founded Against All Odds Productions in 1991 to design and execute large-scale photographic projects that combine print, interactive CD-ROM, and Web-based technology to tell compelling stories. A former TIME, Life, and National Geographic photographer, Mr. Smolan previously had created the bestselling "Day in the Life" photography series.
From Alice to Ocean: Alone Across the Outback, the first project of Against All Odds, gained international recognition. It was followed by Passage to Vietnam, which won the Software Publishers Association's Codie award and the NewMedia INVISION award for best multimedia title of the year.
In 1996, Against All Odds orchestrated 24 Hours in Cyberspace, the largest online event ever to take place in a single day, which included the work of hundreds of photographers, programmers, students, and designers. The book version was featured on "Nightline" and appeared as a cover story in US News & World Report, and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History inducted the website into the museum's permanent archives.
A 1998 book and website called One Digital Day: How the Microchip is Changing Our World was featured on the cover of Fortune and on CNN. Mr. Smolan's next project will be "One Day in America," a historic documentation of life in America on May 16, 2003. r>