Biography and C.V.-- David Doubilet
David Doubilet was born 11/28/46 in New York City. Now age 52, he began snorkeling at the age of eight in the cold, green seas off the northern New Jersey coast. By the age of thirteen, he was taking black and white pictures above and below the sea with his first camera -- a pre-war Leica.
Parts of summer and winter vacations were spent at Small Hope Bay Lodge on Andros Island in the Bahamas. He worked as a diving guide and on days off would take his camera. Doubilet later spent several summers working as a diver and photographer for the Sandy Hook Marine Laboratories in New Jersey. He is presently a Contract Freelance Photographer for the National Geographic Society where he has been steadily working for twenty-seven years.
In 1965 Doubilet began studying film and journalism at Boston Universitys College of Communication. He majored in still photography and graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1988 he received their Distinguished Alumni of the Year award. During the summer of 1966, he attended a pilot course in underwater photography at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California.
Doubilets first work for National Geographic Magazine was published in 1972. Since then, as a Contract Photographer for NGM, he has produced over fifty stories for the magazine, in recent years adding author to his credit line of photographer. His warm-water work has taken him throughout Indonesia, Micronesia, Australia and New Guinea in the Pacific; Sri Lanka and the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean; and all over the Caribbean. The Red Sea, his favorite "underwater studio", has produced at least ten different stories for the magazine. Cold-water work has immersed him off the coast of England; in Scotlands Loch Ness; into the teeming waters of the Galapagos; around the mysterious shores of Japan; and deep in Canadas Northwest Pacific. He has also worked off the entire eastern coast of the United States -- from Maine to the Florida Keys -- and California.
Doubilets photography has won many prizes including in 1969 the prestigious "Sara Prize and International Award" given by Mondo Sommerso Magazine in Italy. He was the first American and the youngest person to win this award. In 1975 he was named "Diver of the Year" by the Boston Sea Rovers, one of the diving worlds most honorable organizations. He has also received several honorable mentions by the National Press Photographers Association over the last decade. In 1993 he was honored in France by winning first place trophy in the Professional Category of an international contest sponsored by C.M.A.S. (World Underwater Federation); and by appearing as Guest of Honor at the 20th World Festival of Underwater Photography in Cap D'Antibes.
Although most of Doubilets photographic time is spent working for the National Geographic Society and its diverse publications, his work has also appeared worldwide in other magazines and books. His commercial work includes several ad campaigns for clients such as Kodak, Fa Soap, Vitaspa, Seagrams, and Microsoft. He did the still photography for two films -- THE DEEP and SPLASH.
Doubilets first book, LIGHT IN THE SEA, was published in 1989 by Thomasson-Grant in the USA. Foreign editions were printed in Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy and Japan. Doubilets second book PACIFIC: AN UNDERSEA JOURNEY was published in 1992 by Bulfinch Press, received an award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts and went into a soft-cover edition in Japan. UNDER THE SEA FROM A TO Z written by Anne L. Doubilet with photographs by David Doubilet was published in 1991 by Crown Press (Random House) and received notable mentions from a national organization of science teachers and a national childrens panel.
A popular speaker and instructor, Doubilet has appeared on the "Today Show" on NBC-TV and is in demand for his lectures and slide shows at universities, underwater film festivals and clubs (the Explorers Club and the Harvard Club both in NYC) around the world. In 1993 Doubilet broadcast a live underwater interview for National Public Radio from twenty feet deep in Ginnie Springs, Florida. In 1995-1996 Doubilet and his work are featured in a national advertising campaign for the Rolex Watch Co. From 1994 through 1996 he is the author of a popular monthly feature entitled "Magnificent Moments", including text and photography, in Japans SINRA Magazine.
Doubilets wife and partner, Anne Levine Doubilet-- now age 51, is also a diver and photographer with pictures appearing in National Geographic Magazine. They have been working together for over twenty years. She also attended Boston University where they met (no, they did NOT meet underwater!) graduating from the College of Liberal Arts in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Anne grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts where she spent most of her childhood summers in the icy waves of Cape Ann on Boston's north shore. Anne and David were married in 1974 and spent their honeymoon in the Red Sea for three where they completed their first magazine assignment together. When not shooting on assignment, she runs a stock photography library out of their New York City studio.
Emily Dara Doubilet, their daughter, is now age fourteen. She has been on assignment with her parents in the Galapagos, Palau, Australia, New Guinea, Japan, the Red Sea, and throughout the Caribbean. A story about Emily diving with stingrays in the Caymans appeared in National Geographic's World Magazine in the July 1993 issue. Her first published story about a trip to Japan appeared in the March 1994 issue of Kid's City Magazine. In May of 1994 Little Mermaid Magazine featured some of her photographs of stingrays. In August of 1996 she received her PADI diving certification.