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Liquid Light: Photography Beneath the Sea

August 22, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Photo:  "Bluerockfish #3, Point Lobos" - Chuck Davis

“Blue Rockfish #3/Point Lobos,” © Chuck Davis

The oceans remain distant and mysterious, even though they occupy nearly three-quarters of our planet’s surface. Opening August 22, Liquid Light: Photography Beneath the Sea features nine California photographers who have captured a quality of light that only exists underwater.

“Their work portrays the beauty of light and the mystery of life under the sea,” said Chief Curator Lyles Forbes. Their photographs each bring an awareness of the fragility of this amazing world and the crucial importance of natural balance to its very existence.

Like the 19th century landscape photographers before them, these photographers are documenting our last frontier. Each of these underwater artists brings their own distinctive eye to the creation of images that are unique, stunningly beautiful, meditative and exceptional in the way that they record the world around them—the world that is under the oceans.

Liquid Light features work by Ernest Brooks, Scott Campbell, Martha Casanave, Chuck Davis, Ryuijie Douglas and Camille Lenore, William Giles, Arthur Haseltine, Wayne Levin and Robin Robinson. The exhibition will be open through January 31, 2016, in the John J. McMullen Maritime Arts Gallery.

Acquisition of the photographs in this exhibition was made possible in part by The Bronze Door Society.

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Experience Liquid Light: Get Exposed to Photography

The Underwater Photography of
Liquid Light Lecture

January 7, 2016 • 7:00 PM

Presented by Jeanne Adams

The Mariners’ Museum’s Liquid Light Exhibition is a pioneering look at the world beneath the ocean. It would not have been possible without the efforts of world-renowned photography expert Jeanne Adams. Adams, the daughter-in-law of noted photographer Ansel Adams, is a strong advocate for the power of the photograph in telling nature’s stories. Her relationships with underwater photographers are helping to bring this beautiful, emerging art form into the global spotlight. Get an insider’s perspective of the making of Liquid Light from Adams in this presentation.

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Pinhole Photography

January 9, 2016 • 10:00 AM

Presented by Tom Moore, former Curator of Photography

Pinhole photography is a fascinating art form that uses simple materials to create a homemade camera. Tom Moore, former Curator of Photography, will guide us through the process of building a pinhole camera, taking pictures, and developing them using basic darkroom methods. This workshop is offered in conjunction with Liquid Light, our underwater photography exhibit open through January 31. 

Please bring a lunch, or plan to enjoy a meal in our Grey Goose Cafe.

Tickets are $40 each, or $25 for Members.

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