August 11th, 2022

The Life and Legacy of Ernest Brooks II

A Panel Discussion with Chuck Davis and Ralph Clevenger
Thursday, August 11th, 2022
Online: 6pm – 7pm CST

Join us on Thursday July 21st for a panel discussion over former Brooks Institute president and Underwater Photographer, Ernest Brooks II. The talk will include discussion with two of Ernest Brooks’ longtime friends, Chuck Davis and Ralph Clevenger.

Ernest Brooks’ mystifying underwater images from his series, Silver Seas: An Odyssey are currently on display at the International Photography Hall of Fame until October 22nd.

Chuck Davis is a freelance cameraman, photographer and director of photography, who specializes in underwater photography. During a career spanning over 40 years, he has filmed in worldwide locations, including Arctic Alaska, Greenland and the Antarctic.   His filming credits include several IMAX productions, including two Academy Award-nominated films, Alaska: Spirit of the Wild and The LivingSea.   Davis also worked as a cinematographer and still photographer on numerous expeditions with the Cousteau filming teams aboard vessels Alcyone and Calypso, working with the late Jacques Yves Cousteau and his son Jean-Michel during production of the Rediscovery of the World TV series and later on Jean-Michel Cousteau’s award-winning Ocean Adventures PBS series. His feature film experiences include underwater 2nd unit filming for films such as Warner Brother’s Sphere and Walden Productions,’ Chasing Mavericks.   Davis’ still photography has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries and published in magazines such as LIFE, Lenswork, B&W, Silvergrain Classics, Blancpain’s Editions Fifty Fathoms, National Geographic, ORION, and BBC Wildlife; he is the author/photographer of California Reefs (Chronicle Books). In 2017, Davis was awarded the prestigious NOGI Award for Arts by the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences.

Ralph Clevenger grew up on the coast of North Africa and began diving in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea at an early age with his father.  He went on to study zoology and worked as a diver/biologist for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. He holds a BS degree from San Diego State University and a BA degree from Brooks Institute of Photography.

Based in Santa Barbara, California, Ralph specializes in commercial photography and video of eco-travel, wildlife, and underwater subjects.  He is the author of the book “Photographing Nature”, published by Peachpit Press.  Ralph was a senior faculty member at Brooks Institute of Photography for over 33 years, teaching courses in Natural History Photography, Location Lighting, Video Production, and Undersea Photography.

Ralph has traveled throughout the world on assignments including Australia, Antarctica, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway and Africa. His publication credits include Audubon, Backpacker, Islands, Oceans, National Geographic, Nature’s BestNational Geographic Traveler, Outside, Orion Nature Quarterly, National Geographic Books, Smithsonian Books, Sierra Club Books, and many other national and international publications.


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