Engineers of the Sea

The Cousteau Society - 50 Years of Coral Reef Expeditions

The exhibition included a selection of exclusive photographs taken by the photographer Roberto Rinaldi while taking part in the latest coral reef expedition of the Cousteau Society, which set sail in 2003 – 50 years after the first expedition of its founder Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Supported by the International Watch Company (IWC) Schaffhausen, this project focused on the registration of the current conditions of the reefs to promote their protection and conservation.

The differentiated selection of works as well as the presentation of the subject on a specially designed exhibition architecture differed from past photo exhibitions of the underwater world. 9 oversized backlit photographs, which presented the coral reef in an unusual way as delicate „engineers“ of the sea, framed the exhibition. The visitor was surrounded by the corals. In the central part of the exhibition, unpublished black and white photographs of Cousteau‘s expeditions of the 1950s and 60s were presented along with new color photographs of the latest expedition of 2003/2004. Completed with selected quotes, the pictures documented the fascinating development of marine research, diving techniques and underwater photography since 1953.

The exhibition is no longer available.

Exhibition venues 2004-2005:
Aktionsforum Praterinsel, München, Germany
Daikanyama Hillside Forum, Tokyo, Japan
Lichthof Crédit Suisse, Zürich, Switzerland
Magazzine del Cotone, Genua, Italy
Musée National de la Marine, Paris, France
L‘Oceanogràfic, Valencia, Spain
Pacific Place, HongKong, China
Scheepvaartsmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Time Warner Center, New York, USA
Musée Océanographique, Monaco
Automobil Forum Unter den Linden, Berlin, Germany

 

© courtesy of The Cousteau Society, Hampton, USA

© courtesy of The Cousteau Society, Hampton, USA

© courtesy of The Cousteau Society, Hampton, USA

© courtesy of The Cousteau Society, Hampton, USA

© courtesy of The Cousteau Society, Hampton, USA

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