Ocean Soul

  • Date
    March 26, 2012
  • Time 7:00 p.m.
  • Location Chicago, IL
  • Price Tickets start at $26 (Member/Subscriber) and $29 (General Public)

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Photo: Diver with whale
A southern right whale approaches a diver in waters off New Zealand.

Photograph by Brian Skerry

Photo: Brian Skerry

Copyright: Mauricio Handler

See a gallery of photos by Brian Skerry

National Geographic Live returns to Chicago this spring for one night only, at the historic Goodman Theatre.

“I never cease to be amazed at the extraordinary encounters I have when I’m at sea.” – Brian Skerry

Voyage across the oceans with one of National Geographic’s most seasoned photographers and discover a vast, hidden world beneath the waves. Using his camera to communicate, Brian Skerry has spent more than 10,000 hours underwater telling the oceans’ stories. His images celebrate the mystery of the depths, and offer portraits of creatures so intimate they sometimes appear to have been shot in a studio. Skerry dives eight months of the year, often in extreme conditions beneath Arctic ice or in predator-infested waters. He has even lived at the bottom of the sea to get close to his subjects.

In fall 2011, National Geographic published Ocean Soul, a landmark retrospective of Skerry’s photographs. In the book and this presentation, Skerry takes us from the glacial waters of the North Atlantic, where harp seals face off with commercial hunters, to the balmy central Pacific, where he photographed damaged coral ecosystems rebuilding themselves.

On stage, Skerry is a passionate spokesman for the oceans he loves to photograph. His riveting presentations to audiences at TED, Harvard, and London’s Royal Geographic Society inspire reverence for the marine realm and offer hope for protecting the vitality of the world’s oceans.

View a gallery of photos from Brian Skerry.

Read a Washington Post article about National Geographic photographers’ contribution to wildlife conservation.

See a YouTube video of Brian Skerry describing his work for National Geographic:

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