BROOKS II, Ernest H. “Ernie”
USA (1935- )
Last updated: March 26, 2020 at 1:36 am
Pioneering underwater photographer; author; educator; president of the Brooks Institute of Photography from 1971 to 2000; transformed the Institute into a coveted four-year university-level program; former U.S. Air Force pilot; met Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1956 after flying over the Calypso and then introducing himself at the dock the following day; instructed Calypso photographers for 17 years after retiring from the air force; has led multiple photographic expeditions around the world, including both poles; contributed to numerous high-profile magazines and organizations; graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography, which was founded in 1945 by his father, Ernest H. Brooks; was first published in a newspaper at age five; took his first underwater photos using a custom-built aluminum housing for his father’s Exakta camera; began diving in 1949 and has since made over 15,000 dives.
“This is my moment in time, this is what I see. Your moment will be different.” — Ernie Brooks