Roger Ressmeyer shares the origins of the Visions of Tomorrow documentary film project and how it offers real solutions for some of the world’s most pressing problems. With a background in space and science photography for National Geographic, Time and The New York Times, as well as key learnings from his current endeavor, Roger shares hope, practical advice and collaborative ideas on how all of us can work together to move projects from vision to completion.
Roger is a photographer, filmmaker, and CEO. Roger began his photography career as a rock n’ roll photographer and celebrity shooter before making the transition to science photographer and film stock agency executive. He has worked on assignment for Rolling Stone, Newsweek, LIFE, Time, Smithsonian, and National Geographic. He owned and operated the Starlight Photo Agency for 14 years until July 1995, when it, along with more than a half-million of his images, became the first major acquisition by Corbis, Bill Gates’ privately-owned image archive. Following this transition, Ressmeyer held senior management positions first at Corbis and then at Getty Images. In 2005, he again struck out on his own and founded Science Faction, a leading photo agency that focused on technology and space-related images. In 2012, Science Faction was acquired by SuperStock, clearing the way for Ressmeyer to start a film project he’s been planning since 1989. His deep passion for science and spirituality is the fuel behind Ressmeyer’s latest venture, the Visions of Tomorrow Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational foundation focused on building awareness for scientific and spiritual solutions that address the world’s biggest problems. For the foundation he is working on a new documentary feature film, currently in pre-production, that will bring together the world’s leading scientists, engineers and spiritual leaders to explore solutions to some of our planet’s biggest challenges – from climate change to inequality and war.
Collaborations for Cause is a two-day event that brings together cutting-edge content creators and front-line organizations for an exploration of how to harness the power of the evolving media landscape. Presented by Blue Earth Alliance, the fourth annual conference builds upon the organization's 20-year history of facilitating issue-driven visual storytelling. With a mix of presentations by leading experts, in-depth case studies showcasing real projects, insightful arm-chair conversations, and break-out sessions, participants will leave inspired and armed with fresh approaches, an expanded network of contacts and new resolve to build lasting positive change.
Since age 10, Roger Ressmeyer has taken pictures of the sun, moon and stars. His passion for space exploration powered the creation of the world-renowned Space Places collection, photographed at observatories, space centers and solar eclipses around the globe.
Roger Ressmeyer’s photography career began at the age of 21, on September 29, 1975, when the Jefferson Starship hired him to photograph their rock concert in Golden Gate Park. By 1977, Ressmeyer was regularly shooting photo essays and portraits while on assignment for People, Rolling Stone, Time, and Newsweek. His images soon appeared on record album and book covers for musicians and authors such as Shirley MacLaine, Grace Slick, Carlos Santana, Bobby McFerrin, Dire Straits, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Danielle Steel.
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In 1991, when Roger Ressmeyer was asked to photograph “Volcanoes, Crucibles of Creation” for National Geographic Magazine, nobody realized the assignment would cover the century’s most volcanically active year. Since then, his images have been published globally