Whether consulting for director Ang Lee on the film Life of Pi or battling whalers in court for Sea Shepherd, Bob Talbot uses an eclectic range of skills to share the beauty of the ocean and protect it for future generations. His fascination began with his first glimpse below the surface at age eight, first dive at 13 and, a year later, an underwater camera for Christmas. In his 20s, his iconic photographs were published as fine art lithographs, becoming the top-selling line of marine artwork worldwide. His images have appeared in numerous publications including TIME and National Geographic.
Mr. Talbot’s television work has taken him to Antarctica with childhood hero Jacques Cousteau, the Arctic seal hunting grounds with activist Paul Watson, the caverns of Grand Cayman with illusionist David Blaine and his beloved Monterey Bay for the BBC/PBS global event Big Blue Live. Feature film credits include Free Willy, Flipper, Into the Blue and Dolphin Tale 2. He directed and photographed the award-winning IMAX film Oceanmen – Extreme Dive and was director and cinematographer for sequences in the Academy Award-nominated IMAX film Dolphins.
Mr. Talbot creates highly immersive special venue media for such clients as IMAX, Smithsonian Institute, California Science Center, The National Aquarium and National Marine Sanctuaries. His passion for ocean conservation is simple: “The sea has given us life. It’s time we returned the favor.”
Mr. Talbot’s other board seats have included the American Ocean Campaign, Earth Communications Office, Oceana Board of Governors and Sea Shepherd. His commitment has been honored with “The Environmental Hero Award” by Vice President Al Gore, the “SeaKeeper Award” by HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and the Ark Trust Genesis Award.