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Lecture, book signing on ‘Ocean Soul’ in Pittsburgh

January 26, 2012
From staff reports , The Herald-Star

PITTSBURGH - Brian Skerry, a National Geographic underwater photographer, will present a lecture, "Ocean Soul," at 4 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Byham Theater, followed by a question and answer session and book signing.

Using his camera to communicate, Brian Skerry has spent three decades - and more than 10,000 hours underwater - telling the oceans' stories. Skerry dives eight months of the year, often in extreme conditions beneath Arctic ice or in predator-infested waters and has even lived at the bottom of the sea to be close to his subjects.

Skerry's National Geographic book, "Ocean Soul," offers a retrospective of Skerry's photographs and showcases images that blend aesthetic beauty with journalistic relevance.

"I fell in love with the sea as a child and I wanted to tell stories about all I saw underwater," said Skerry. "I never cease to be amazed at the extraordinary encounters I have when I'm at sea."

"Ocean Soul" takes readers from the glacial waters of the North Atlantic, where harp seals face pressure from commercial hunting, to the central Pacific, where Skerry's camera caught evidence of damaged coral ecosystems rebuilding themselves.

When not in the field, Skerry is an advocate for the oceans he loves to photograph.

This lecture is a part of the National Geographic Live! speakers series, a part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series and is presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

National Geographic Live! speakers series at the Byham Theater also will feature "Annie Griffiths: A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel," at 4 p.m. April 22.

Tickets are available for $20 to $40 and may be purchased at the Box Office at Theater Square, located at 655 Penn Ave., online at or by calling (412) 456-6666.

To purchase 10 or more tickets at special discounted rates, call group sales at (412) 471-6930.

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