From the coral-cloaked Kimbe Bay of Papua New Guinea to the icebergs of Antarctica’s Danco Island, the bisected photographs in David Doubilet’s forthcoming book Two Worlds: Above and Below the Sea unveil the diverse ecosystems on either side of the water’s surface. The 128-page volume published by Phaidon features 70 images from Doubilet’s 50-year career spent traveling the globe and pioneering the field of underwater photography.
The curated selection is wide-ranging in date and location, documenting a fuzzy seal pup lounging on a 2011 glacier in Canada, a school of bar jacks swimming in the Grand Caymans back in the 90s, and blacktip reef sharks under a French Polynesian sunset in 2018. “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 says.
Two Worlds: Above and Below the Sea will be released in early November and is available for pre-order from Bookshop and Phaidon.
Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins, Danco Island, Antarctica, 2011
Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, Bonne Bay Fjord, Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada, 2012
Bar Jacks, Grand Cayman Island, 1990
Harp Seal Pup, Gulf of St Lawrence, Canada, 2011
Blacktip Reef Sharks, South Pass, Fakarava Atoll, French Polynesia, 2018
Grounded Iceberg, Blanley Bay, Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada, 2018