David is one of the world’s leading underwater photographers.David has shot more than 60 stories for National Geographic magazine since 1972. His undersea reporting has taken him to the Red Sea, Pearl Harbor, the South Pacific, and beyond. Along the way he has captured groundbreaking images of great white sharks, flashlight fish, shark-repelling flounders, creatures of the undersea desert, fluorescent coral (shot with ultraviolet light), World War II wrecks, and much more. In addition to his many articles in National Geographic, David’s books include Light in the Sea: An Undersea Journey, Water Light Time: The Great Barrier Reef, Fish Face and Under Sea from A/Z, and he co-authored The Red Sea, Living Planet: Preserving the Edens of the Earth, and Wild Shores of Australia. Born in New York City in 1946, David began snorkeling off New Jersey at eight. When he was 12 he took up scuba diving and photography, using a Brownie Hawkeye in a rubber bag as his first underwater camera. Growing up, he spent his summers diving, working, and photographing in New Jersey and working as a dive guide in the Bahamas.
David’s honors include the prestigious Sara Prize in 1969, the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, and the Lennart Nilsson Award in 2001. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of London, and he was elected to the International Diving Hall of Fame. In 2001 he was named a contributing photographer-in-residence of the National Geographic Society.
David lives 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.