Brian Skerry’s images are rapidly becoming synonymous with “underwater awareness”. As a National Geographic photographer, Brian has specialized in documenting the wonder of our planet’s underwater environments but also the threats they are facing.
His uniquely-creative images tell stories that not only celebrate the mystery and beauty of the sea, but also help bring attention to the large number of issues that endanger our oceans and its inhabitants. Most of the work produced during his nearly year-round assignments, is a blend of compelling imagery that hopes to engage readers, present evidence of serious and urgent problems, and more importantly, invite audiences to take action.
His already impressive body of work, which includes 14 stories in National Geographic Magazine since 1998, has shed light on the natural history of a large variety of marine species and ecosystems. His best contribution, however, is the elegant and informed way with which he has turned the spotlight unto some of the most serious and pressing issues facing our oceans.
The exceptional imaginative talent and tireless work-ethic that Brian brings to his assignments, have turned challenging subjects, like commercial fishing, coral degradation, global warming and shark finning, into a fascinating storyboard that fills the pages of countless magazines and books with emotion and drama.
Brian’s images undeniably reflect his passionate quest to understand and explain very complex problems with the hope of finding creative solutions. It is however, the fact that he is the father of two young daughters that truly propels his concern. Time is running out for some of our planet’s most fragile marine ecosystems, and his busy schedule reflects his commitment to do the best he can to help bring about positive changes. Brian continues to photograph for National Geographic Magazine, all of which promise to lead not only to greater awareness, but more importantly, to action.
From the popular to the scientific, Brian’s work has been printed in magazines like People, Sports Illustrated, US News and World Report, GEO, National Wildlife, Playboy, Nature’s Best, Smithsonian, Esquire, Audubon, BBC Wildlife, Outdoor Life, Maxim, Men’s Journal as well as in countless other publications around the world.