Q&A with Photojournalist and Ocean Advocate Brian Skerry!

In advance of his special lecture at the Aquarium on March 18th, we chatted with photographer Brian Skerry about what inspired him to pursue a career in photojournalism and how his work inspires others to protect our oceans!

brian skerry photographer

What first interested you about photographing marine wildlife?
From a very young age, I was captivated by marine wildlife. There was something mysterious to me about the sea and the creatures that lived there and I had a great desire to spend time with these animals and learn more about them.

If you had to pick one subject to photograph for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
A difficult question for sure, but I think I would say sharks. For me, these animals represent the perfect blend of grace and power and I’ve never tired of photographing them.

brian skerry and shark - photography

If the folks who engaged with your photographs could take away one thing about our oceans and their future, what would you hope for it to be?
That Earth’s ocean is a very, very special place, but it needs our help to survive.

How have you seen the areas your work represents change in recent years?
I began simply wanting to make beautiful pictures of animals or places that interested me. While I still have this desire, I have seen many problems occurring in our ocean and I feel compelled to tell these stories too, as a way of effecting positive change.

brian skerry photography

How does your new book, Ocean Soul, help to further your mission to increase protection of special ocean places?
A book has a long shelf-life so it can attract new readers over time. A book like this also allows me to tell my story; my journey of ocean exploration, the animals and places I’ve seen and how I have begun to connect the dots with species and ecosystems.

Join us for Brian Skerry’s Upcoming Lecture!

What: A lecture from “Ocean Soul: A Photojournalists Journey,” book signing to follow

When: March 18, 2014 at 7 pm EST

Where: National Aquarium
A livestream will also be available online.

To purchase tickets for this event, please visit aqua.org/lectures

4 Responses to “Q&A with Photojournalist and Ocean Advocate Brian Skerry!”


  1. 1 Emily March 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Will there be copies of Ocean Soul to buy at the lecture?

  2. 3 Tammy Mankey March 18, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Im really upset being a member and not able to sign up due to your website being down and giving error links. My membership is expiring in March and I was going to renew but now considering not. we have supported the aquarium via donations and membership to now get pushed to the side and the public can get in for free vs someone who has given their hard earned money to you. I have called the aquarium and got the run around and was told to speak with Leslie who was shocked that they even gave her name as a contact who then told me to call Susan who could also not help. Very Disappointed!!!

    • 4 National Aquarium March 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Hi Tammy,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Unfortunately, we are sold out tonight’s lecture. We certainly appreciate your membership and hope that you’ll accept our apologies that we couldn’t get you in this time around. The lecture will be livestreamed online via Google+ Hangout! We invite you to virtually tune in at 7pm EST: http://ow.ly/uHKBr


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