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Ocean Soul: Photographs by Brian Skerry

Yellow Surgeonfish
Yellow Surgeonfish. Phoenix Islands, 2009

Photograph by Brian Skerry


Batfish. Japan, 2008

Photograph by Brian Skerry

“Ocean Soul”, by renowned photographer Brian Skerry, takes you on an unprecedented journey through the magical realms of the ocean to reveal a world few have ever seen.

Over the past 30 years Skerry has traveled the globe, connecting with the wildlife he encounters and interpreting their stories through compelling photography. Now he brings these poetic images to you with one goal: to shed much needed light on these overlooked creatures, and in turn creating appreciation for them and an awareness of the need for conservation.

“Ocean Soul” is a story of discovery. The story begins when a boy who loves the sea attends an event with underwater photographers and has an epiphany: “I had always wanted to explore the oceans, but I now understood how I would do this. I would do it with a camera.” Now, in “Ocean Soul”, he showcases his stunning photography and describes his adventurous life in a gripping portrait of the ocean as a place of beauty and mystery, a place in trouble, and ultimately, a place of hope that will rebound with the proper attention and care.

The exhibition is accompanied by Ocean Soul, (National Geographic Books, 2011; $50 hardcover).

Content: 50 framed photographs, 2 text panels, object labels, 16×9 formatted slide show with 4 interviews
Size: 400 running square feet—flexible
Duration: 3 months minimum
Rental Fee: $11,000 (includes round trip shipping anywhere in the continental US)
$8,000 + shipping to Canada and International
Speaker opportunities available

Tour Schedule:

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Portland, OR
March 26—July 10, 2012

Mystic Aquarium
Mystic, CT
July 28—October 28, 2012

Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, CA
December 1, 2012—March 3, 2013

Queretaro, MX
March 10—March 16, 2014

The Franklin Institute
Philadelphia, PA
April 26—November 30, 2014

South Florida Museum
Bradenton, FL
February 7—June 7, 2015

Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Winona, MN
July 10 – November 11, 2015

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