BOBBY

Bobby Model (1973 - 2009) grew up on a ranch near Cody, Wyoming. His childhood experiences in the Absaroka high country instilled in him an early appreciation for remote places. In college he began to develop his visual sense with adventure photography, which was enhanced by his ability to negotiate mountainous terrain. After finishing college with a degree in Environmental Economics, Bobby covered mountaineering expeditions on five continents for clients in the publishing industry, most notably, National Geographic. His relationship with National Geographic began in 1995 when he was asked by Todd Skinner to join a Wyoming team of cowboy climbers that free-climbed Trango Tower in Pakistan, a feat that was featured in the April 1996 National Geographic Magazine. Bobby appeared on the cover of that issue and images that Bobby shot on the expedition were also published. Gradually, Bobby's interests evolved to include photographic reportage that addressed news as well as geo-political and social issues. In 2004, he relocated to Nairobi, Kenya in order to cover Africa more effectively. His photographs have appeared in numerous international publications including National Geographic, New York Times, Outside and Mother Jones. His photography has received international recognition and has also been exhibited at the Banff Centre for Mountain Culture. He was a contributing photographer to National Geographic Adventure Magazine and in 2006 was selected as an Emerging Explorer by the National Geographic Society Missions Program.
"Expeditions are one thing but I couldn't do that for the rest of my life. It feels strange to enter an environment, carrying tons of equipment, bags of money and bright synthetic clothing and then disappear without really getting to appreciate the people you meet along the way…I have this idealistic streak in me. I always hope that I will get the shot that makes people understand what it's like for people who live lives completely different than their own."

- Bobby Model