Wildlings From the Deep: An Exhibition of Undersea Photography

May 31 – September 13, 2009


Two-thirds of the earth is covered with water, and yet mankind knows little of this underwater world, partly because it is hidden from our eyes. The undersea wilderness of sea mountains, kelp forests, and sea creatures is gradually being revealed through the technology of submersibles, deep-sea instruments, and photography, and we are indebted to scientists and artists alike for our growing appreciation of this underwater world. For some time, the Wildling Art Museum has wanted to feature some of the best images of this undersea life off of America’s coasts, and so it is with great pleasure that we introduce Wildlings from the Deep, a sampling of photographs, both color and black and white, by three artists who have trained their lights, their lenses, or their scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) on some of the denizens of the deep, large and small, so that we landlubbers can gain a greater appreciation of the range and diversity of off-shore sea life.

We are indebted to our co-curators, Dr. F.G. (Eric) Hochberg, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and to Karen Sinsheimer, Curator of Photography at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, for bringing the work of Ernest H. Brooks II, Claudia Fährenkemper, and Richard Salas to our attention, and for handling all the details of this complicated undertaking so brilliantly.

~ Elizabeth Knowles

Executive Director

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