Native Son of Kansas shared his wisdom with budding journalists

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TOPEKA (WIBW)--- A world renowned photographer returned to his old stomping grounds and shared a bit of wisdom with the next generation of journalists.

Jim Richardson spoke tonight at the Kansas Scholastic Press Association's Fall Conference.

Richardson grew up in Rossville where he developed his love photography at a young age.

His 1979 photo essay on high school adolescence is used in college classrooms.

He's also photographed more than 30 stories for national geographic and traveled to over 80 countries, but says each story has a common thread.

"I basically go around the world shooting the same pictures that I shot when I was out of Rossville High School or in Cuba, Kansas another place that I photographed a lot. It's still human life, the basics of our living and that's pretty much the same wherever you go in the world," Richardson said.

Richardson was named Kansan of the Year in 2007 by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.