Underwater photographers

Blancpain is convinced that public awareness is vital to achieve its goals of preserving and protecting the world's oceans. In continuation of the important role played by the Fifty Fathoms watch in the history of diving, the Manufacture collaborates with Editor Dietmar W. Fuchs, and invites renowned photographers to share the wonders of the underwater world. The result, Edition Fifty Fathoms, is an annual limited-edition publication launched in 2008 which presents four underwater photography portfolios. Forty photographers have already published their work, starting with the patriarch of underwater photography, Ernest H. Brooks II, who notably uses light and shadow to display his passion and creativity. In recognition of his valuable participation in this project, Blancpain has decided to dedicate the 2018 Anniversary issue of Edition Fifty Fathoms to black & white photography.

Yoshi Hirata

In my opinion, the artist’s point of view does not differ much from the scientist’s viewpoint; both use their imagination for the advancement of knowledge and beauty.
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Greg Lecoeur

By capturing unexpected scenes of marine life, I seek to catch the attention of the general public in order to raise awareness for the fragility of our ecosystems and the preservation of biodiversity.
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Anuar Patjane

What I try to achieve is a connection between man and the sea, especially between man and sea creatures, by presenting the capacity of perception that the sea creatures have, and by showing the beauty of the sea in a way that often slips the attention.
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Christian Vizl

Ever since I was a kid, as far back as I can remember I was attracted to the sea. I dreamt about what lay beneath the waves, and what it would look like if suddenly all the water vanished, leaving all the animals and living creatures in stasis. In this way, I could walk inside the ocean and see them all, suspended for a moment in time and space.
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Zena Holloway

Water acts like a leveller, stripping us back to the bare essentials. Underwater, there is no reflection on the eyes as the water mixes with the liquid surface, like it’s washing away the mask we wear on land.
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Tobias Friedrich

Early in my childhood I already loved to watch Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s adventures and was not only awed but immediately hooked. Which underwater photographer and ocean aficionado has not been fascinated by the explorations of Captain Cousteau aboard the Calypso? Inspired by this pioneer I love to travel to exotic places to shoot unusual pictures.
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Harald Hois

Exotic destinations like the Maldives, the Philippines or Indonesia, brimming with marine life and color – this is what the classic underwater photographer is looking for.
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Becky Kagan Schott

Every time I descend I aim to photograph something unique and capture a powerful story in my images. My passion is documenting extreme environments; places rarely visited or ever seen by human eyes. I want to show these almost hidden locations and ignite the imagination.
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Tony Wu

Every story has a beginning. Mine started with a bang and a tug. Then the sperm whale took my leg into its mouth. My life would never be the same. Before I elaborate, please allow me to put my relationship with the ocean in context.
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Ellen Cuylaerts

Exploring the boundaries of my comfort zone became my challenge after my father passed away. He taught me to never give up on dreams and to pursue them, if it means failure or success.
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Vincent Truchet

Ever since the year 2010, I have been calling the Tuamotu Archipelago in French Polynesia my home. I live every diver’s dream: I spend my days amidst the vastness of the Pacific Ocean on a small island.
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Steve Jones

Expressions of a limitless fascination with ocean exploration, my imagery may be of the tenderness with which a squid tends to its eggs or the sheer awe of swimming over a colossal battleship wreck.
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