37 years ago, National Geographic – known for its iconic photographs of nature and its inhabitants – sent American photographer Rick Smolan on a strange and life-changing assignment.
His job was to document the travels of a 27-year-old Australian woman across the desolate outback there.
Robyn Davidson was accompanied only by four camels and a dog.
And Rick Smolan.
The 9-month, 1700-mile journey was captured in Davidson’s astonishing memoir called “Tracks,” now made into a major Hollywood film, and a new book by Smolan, “Inside Tracks”, which is the subject of a new show at The Annenberg Space for Photography here in Los Angeles.
Rick Smolan spoke to KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about that journey.
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