DORADO, François

France (1946-2019)

Last updated: March 19, 2019 at 0:58 am

Photographer and crewmember of the Calypso; former photographer at National Geographic Magazine; studied design and arts at École Boulle in Paris and at the French Institute of Photography; became a certified scuba diver at the International Diving Centre in Bandol in 1960; was taught underwater photography by Serge de Sazo (1915-2012) using a Rolleiflex camera in Rolleimarin housing; diver and underwater photographer in the Marine nationale (French Navy); witnessed the first French nuclear test in the South Pacific at Mururoa Atoll in 1966; diving instructor and underwater photographer for Club Med; joined Équipe Cousteau for the Odyssey television series in 1968; had to be picked up by helicopter from the Woodstock music festival—he was a guest of Joe Cocker—to rejoin departing Calypso in August 1969; left Équipe Cousteau to found a music studio in 1976.

Among his most notable adventures, Dorado—a friend of the legendary Joe Cocker—had to be evacuated from the gridlocked Woodstock Music Festival “With a Little Help from His Friends” and Calypso’s helicopter so he could join a Cousteau expedition that was about to depart.

Équipe Cousteau
Marc Langleur

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