A new book by acclaimed underwater photographer David Doubilet comes out this week.
The book, “Two Worlds: Above and Below the Sea,” is being published on the occasion of Doubilet’s 50th anniversary working as a National Geographic photographer.
His work in and on the water has set the modern standard for underwater photography. According to Doubilet:
“I want to create a window into the sea that invites people to see how their world connects to another life-sustaining world hidden from their view.”
Doubilet has spent over 27,000 hours beneath the surface since he first put his Brownie Hawkeye camera in an anaesthetist’s rubber bag and jumped off a jetty at the age of 12.
“Two Worlds: Above and Below the Sea” features Doubilet’s signature images drawn from his entire underwater career; they span Papua New Guinea to Grand Cayman Island, the icy waters of the Antarctic Ocean to the tropical Great Barrier Reef.
With these photos, Doubilet aims to capture the unique viewpoint at the surface of the water that shows the world above and below in a single frame. His journey reveals rare sea creatures, corals, plant life, and the underwater landscape’s striking hues. These photographs are not only breathtaking — they also highlight important issues about marine conservation and climate change.
The book retails for US$59.95/$CAN79.95 and is published by Phaidon.