Renowned Underwater Photographer to Present at Grunin Center

May 15, 2019

As a kid in a small, working-class town, Brian Skerry dreamed of exploring the oceans and seeing his photos published in National Geographic. Today, Skerry is one of the leading underwater photographers in the world, and a National Geographic photography fellow. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, Skerry will visit the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, on the main campus of Ocean County College, to present “Ocean Soul” as part of National Geographic’s touring speaker series.

“Since 1998, Skerry has covered a wide range of stories for National Geographic, documenting the harp seal’s struggle to survive in frozen waters, the alarming decrease in the world’s fisheries, the planet’s last remaining pristine coral reefs, the plight of the right whale and threatened sharks in the Bahamas, to name a few,” a joint OCC and Nat Geo press release explains. “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, and has even lived at the bottom of the sea to get close to his subjects. He has emerged as a leading voice for marine conservation.”

In 2017, National Geographic Books published “Shark,” a collection of some of Skerry’s most breathtaking shark images. Skerry’s powerful presentations showcase thrilling wildlife encounters, inspire reverence for the marine realm and offer hope for protecting the vitality of the world’s oceans.

To purchase tickets to “Ocean Soul,” contact the Grunin Center at 732-255-0500 or visit — J.K.-H.

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