Passings: Underwater Photographer Ernie Brooks Dies at 85

By David Schonauer   Tuesday November 24, 2020

Ernie Brooks II, famed as an underwaterr photographer, died November 19 at age of 85, notes the ASMP. “Photography was in his blood as the son of the man who created the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara and the grandson of a Portuguese woman who was a professional portrait photographer,” notes ASMP. Brooks graduated from his father’s institute and studied with Hans Haas, a pioneer of underwater documentaries. He established the school’s underwater photography courses and was one of its champions during difficult financial times. The school was sold in 1999 and closed in 2016.

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