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Whales: Up Close and Personal

In Partnership With The San Francisco Public Library
Whales: Up Close and Personal

Bryant Austin
Conservation Photographer

Wednesday, May 22 at 6:00pm, SF Main Library
Conservation photographer Bryant Austin is the only photographer in the world producing high-resolution, life-size photography of whales. A chance encounter with a humpback calf and its mother helped Austin develop a technique to create detailed, intimate portraits of his subjects. Spending days at a time submerged with groups of whales, he remains motionless, allowing humpback, sperm, and minke whales that are sometimes forty-five feet in length and weigh as much as fifty tons to come within six feet. In this presentation, Austin will describe his fearless process and reveal images from his breathtaking new book, Beautiful Whale, which will be published in April 2013 by Abrams. Hear the story behind these impactful images that inspire people to take the future of whales-endangered throughout the oceans-into their hearts.

Reservations: This is a free event at the The San Francisco Main Library. in the Koret Auditorium on the ground floor. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged. Please reserve a seat online or call[masked]












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  • Tori R.

    Once again Gary knocks it out of the park arranging a highly pertinent conservation conversation with beautiful contributions to fine art.

    2 · May 23, 2013

  • Nash

    Excellent presentation

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Edward W.

    Excellent presentation - great passion for his photography.

    May 23, 2013

  • Robin Y.


    May 22, 2013

  • Robin Y.

    Loved the presentation and everything, want to get my a.. Down to Monterey to really experience the photos

    May 22, 2013

  • Jeff H.

    Enlightening both technically and from a personal storytelling point of view

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Kate J B.

    Fantastic presentation, great info and superb photos!

    May 22, 2013

  • Ken O.

    outstanding! I've seen whales as they migrated along the Pacific coast and many photos shot underwater, but Bryant Austin's work was beyond my expectations.

    May 22, 2013

  • Jeff H.

    Had a great time

    May 22, 2013

  • Robin Y.

    I'm here

    May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hurt my back and can't go out.

    May 22, 2013

  • Rachel W.

    I have class that evening

    April 28, 2013

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