David Doubilet is honoured to have his underwater imagery considered to be among the best by editors, peers and colleagues the world over. He has photographed over 60 stories for the National Geographic magazine where he is a contributing photographer-in-residence. Doubilet has documented our changing underwater world since his first assignment with the National Geographic in 1971. In addition to the National Geographic, Doubilet’s work continues to appear in countless publications worldwide and he is a contributing editor and feature columnist for “Behind the Shot” in Sport Diver magazine (US) and Seascapes and Dive magazine (UK).
Born in New York City in 1946, Doubilet began shooting underwater at the age of 12 using a Brownie Hawkeye camera in an improvised housing – a rubber anaesthesiologist’s bag from his father’s hospital. His teen years found him submerged off the New Jersey coast and in the Caribbean waters surrounding tiny Small Hope Bay, Bahamas. He built a passion for the sea and everything in it. Doubilet graduated from Boston University in 1970.
Doubilet’s challenge to himself was to redefine photographic boundaries each time he entered the water. His passion is the undersea majesty of light and how to capture it. Completely at home on a coral reef, a World War II wreck, a deep dark fjord or among the great giants in our sea, Doubilet has relentlessly pursued the many hidden layers of coral reefs around the globe. His cold water work has immersed him in the rich waters of New Zealand, Tasmania, Scotland, Japan, the Northwest Atlantic and Northeast Pacific. Other photographic journeys have taken him into some of the largest freshwater systems on our planet such as the great Okavango Delta system in Botswana and the St Lawrence River.
Doubilet has authored seven books on the sea. These include Fish Face by Phaidon Publishers (2003), The Kingdom of Coral: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef by National Geographic Books (2002) and Water Light and Time by Phaidon Publishers (1999). He is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including: the Sara Prize, the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award and the Lennart Nilsson Award in Photography. Doubilet is a member of both the Royal Photographic Society and International Diving Hall of Fame.
Doubilet enjoys life in Clayton, New York, a small river town in the Thousands Islands region of the St Lawrence River, where life is about old wooden boats, an emerald freshwater studio and ships from around the world passing his window. His second home is the small coastal town of DeKelders, South Africa. Doubilet has a beautiful, exuberant daughter, Emily Dara Doubilet studying at Oberlin College.