Rich has specialized in travel, environmental and adventure photography for the past 20 years. As a previous Alaska tour business owner, he has guided a variety of tours extensively throughout the state. Much of his current work is with non-profit organizations preserving lands and cultural sites with his photography. As a former instructor at Brooks Institute, Rich traveled with his students to document California's natural history.
Rich Reid got his start in photography as full-time photo editor for both the college yearbook and the daily newspaper while pursuing his business economics degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work to advocate the preservation of the Gaviota Coast in Southern California was highlighted in National Geographic magazine in “New Park for California Coast?” (July 2001).
Reid is also a frequent contributor to National Geographic Adventure and covered two bicycle-supported assignments: “California’s Secret Coast” (September/October 2001), about a weeklong biking, hiking, and kayaking adventure along the Gaviota Coast, and “Floating into the Country” (May 2004), about the ultimate mountain bike tour of Alaska’s Inside Passage via the ferry system.
Reid traveled the length of the Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail from the Mexico-Arizona border to San Francisco, documenting De Anza’s adventure and history for the National Geographic book America’s Historic Trails (2001). Rich lives with his wife and daughter in Ojai, California.