Todd Gipstein has been working as a photographer, writer, producer and lecturer for more than 50 years.
He studied writing and film at Harvard, where he graduated with honors in 1974. After working for Time-Life Multi-Media in New York, he started Gipstein Multi-Media in Boston in 1975. There he wrote, photographed and produced multi-image shows for museums and corporate clients.
In 1987, he started to work for National Geographic. In 1989, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work full-time as the Director of Multi-Image / Executive Producer for the Geographic. His work included writing and producing shows about geography, history, nature, cultures, photography, environmental issues and the Geographic. His work provided him opportunities for travels around the world as a photographer, producer and lecturer.
Todd has lectured across the United States and around the world on topics as diverse as Machu Picchu, the Panama Canal, Venice, Antarctica, photography, visual communication, geography, magic, writing and history.
Todd's photographs have appeared in countless magazines and books. He has had exhibits in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe.
Over the years, his productions have won more than 40 gold awards in media festivals. His work has also garnered a dozen grand-prizes in international competitions. In 1989, he was inducted into the Association for Multi-Media International Producers' Hall of Fame, and he has also received several lifetime achievement awards.
Todd was a Special Assistant to Senator / Vice President Al Gore. He helped create the media presentation that grew out of Gore’s book “Earth in the Balance,” for which Todd did the illustrations. The media show eventually evolved into Gore’s Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”
In 2005, Gipstein Multi-Media moved to Groton, Connecticut. Todd continues to photograph and lecture on National Geographic Expeditions. He has his own production studio where, along with his wife Marcia, he creates compelling original media presentations on many topics. Marcia is a Kripalu yoga teacher certified at the 500 hour level. She is also Todd's photography editor.
Marcia and Todd spent a decade running the Ledge Lighthouse Foundation. They spearheaded restoration work on the 110 year-old lighthouse off the coast of New London, Connecticut. They created a museum inside the lighthouse and ran public tours to it. See the lighthouse page under "More" on this website to learn about their work on Ledge Lighthouse. Todd and Marcia are partners in the many adventures that life offers them.
Todd has written four novels. He is a member of the New London Rotary, the Antarctic Society, the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
Todd is always looking for new challenges and forums to explore storytelling media. He is committed to continuing his long career of creating elegant, emotional shows that touch a responsive chord in viewers.
In short, "media with a message."