Keith Ladzinski is a contributing photographer at National Geographic and an Emmy nominated director. His early subjects mirrored his polarized passions, skateboarding in the city and exploring the quiet mountains of Colorado. One, built around an immersed subculture, skating from concrete place to place with friends, trespassing, shooting photos in the dead of night with rushed artificial light setups and running from security guards. The other, alpine starts in the mountains, long approaches alone to quaint places, patiently hunting for natural light and thoughtful composition. It was an unintentional education in two styles of photography and wasn’t long before the two merged, initially into his love for rock climbing. It was here that Keith forged his roots, rising quickly to the top in the world of extreme sports and working tirelessly with the industries top athletes, outdoor industry clients and ad agencies.
Keith is an award winning photographer and has earned numerous 1st place honors from PDN, The International Library of Photography and National Geographic. He has photographed nearly 100 magazine cover stories for a variety of publications and his work has appeared on the front page of the New York Times, the cover of the Washington Post Sunday Magazine and National Geographic Magazine.
Today, Keith’s work primarily focuses on natural history, climate change, extreme sports and advertising campaigns, sending him to the furthest reaches of the 7 continents multiple times over. Keith is a contributing photographer at National Geographic Magazine, a founding member of the Sea Legacy Collective, a Nikon Ambassador and has worked for clients globally including Apple, Disney, Nikon, Toyota, Adidas, Nike, Red Bull, The North Face, The New York Times, and National Geographic TV.
Keith lives in Boulder, Colorado with his Wife Dana and son Gray.