National Geographic photographer and award-winning photojournalist Brian Skerry is bringing the public into his fascinating underwater world with Art/Act: Brian Skerry – SHARKS, a new in-depth exhibition at Berkeley’s David Brower Center. The exhibition will include a collection of large-scale images and videos, and Skerry himself will be at the opening on Friday, September 21.
Skerry is the recipient of the David Brower Center’s Art/Act Award, created to “honor established artists who have dedicated a significant part of their careers to making art that inspires environmental advocacy and engagement.” Art/Act: Brian Skerry – SHARKS is the corresponding exhibition, organized by the National Geographic Society. It will serve as a platform for the comprehensive collection of Skerry’s photographic work, which is not only stunning but a way to raise awareness about the need to protect sharks around the world.
Aside from what the movie Jaws has put into our heads—sharks need to be protected. Sharks face many dangers, with more than an estimated 100 million sharks are killed each year, primarily for their fins. As Skerry describes them, these beautiful creatures are an inspiration for his work, “Sharks represent an endless well of inspiration, a blend of grace and power that lures me into the sea time and time again in hopes of producing a new rendering that truly captures their essence. As a journalist, I’m driven by a sense of responsibility and a sense of urgent need to broadcast that sharks are in trouble and need our help.”
The SHARKS free opening reception is Friday, September 21, 6–8 pm. For photography buffs, Skerry will also be leading an underwater photography workshop at the Brower Center on Saturday, September 22 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.
Art/Act: Brian Skerry – SHARKS
Exhibition Dates: Friday, September 21, 2018 – Thursday, February 14, 2019
Exhibition Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley
All photos courtesy of National Geographic exhibition “SHARKS : On Assignment with Brian Skerry”