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Sharks

On Assignment with Brian Skerry

About this Exhibition

National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry’s first encounter with a female blue shark off the coast of Rhode Island over 30 years ago was a galvanizing moment. “I was entranced by her rich, indigo skin, while every sense in my body was on high alert, my heart racing as I moved closer,” he says. “Drawing to within a couple of feet of each other, she barely acknowledged my presence and then vanished into the haze." Since that moment, Skerry has gone to extraordinary lengths–and depths–to illustrate the beauty of these incredible and misunderstood creatures. His latest stories for National Geographic magazine explore the importance of these predators to our ecosystem and the dangers they face for survival. He’s made 14 trips all over the world to photograph a multitude of shark species, including tiger sharks, great whites, oceanic whitetips, and shortfin makos. 

SHARKS: On Assignment with Brian Skerry will plunge visitors into the underwater world of sharks, presenting a comprehensive body of photographic work, highlighting Skerry’s unique combination of passion, skill, and technique. The exhibit will introduce visitors to several shark species and explore what makes these deep-sea dwellers unique, important, and, increasingly, endangered. Visitors will embark on a worldwide journey to better understand these apex predators and what it takes to photograph them, and hear first-person stories of close shark encounters.

  • Approx. 50 images with supporting text panels
  • First person stories of shark encounters
  • Conservation and evolutionary biology messaging
  • Hardcover book published in 2017: SHARK
  • 3,000 square feet

The Exhibition


Tour Schedule

Current Locations
Oceanário
Lisbon, Portugal
September 6, 2018 - January 6, 2019
David Brower Center
Berkeley, CA, US
September 20, 2018 - February 14, 2019
Upcoming Locations
The Virginia Living Museum
Newport News, VA, US
May 11, 2019 - August 4, 2019
Fullerton Museum Center
Fullerton, CA, US
August 24, 2019 - November 10, 2019
Past Locations
Texas State Aquarium
Corpus Christi, TX, US
May 21, 2018 - September 3, 2018
Georgia Aquarium
Atlanta, GA, US
December 14, 2017 - April 30, 2018
National Geographic Museum
Washington, DC, US
May 24, 2017 - October 1, 2017

Global Exhibition: Digital Delivery

Joe Romeiro captures video of oceanic whitetip
Photograph by Brian Skerry

For our international partners, National Geographic offers digitally delivered content packages. This option eliminates international shipping fees by providing partners with a secure link to download their exhibition files. This model is currently only available for our international partners and is ideal for photography, video, and panel-based shows. Partners will also be provided with production guidelines for printing and mounting the exhibition.

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Available Now: SHARK

Buy The Book

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Get closer to the beauty and power of sharks with award-winning National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry as he illustrates their remarkable evolutionary adaptations.

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From large, interactive exhibitions to elegant photography shows, National Geographic offers high-quality traveling exhibitions to meet the needs of institutions both small and large. Working together with photographers, explorers, and other partners, National Geographic creates exhibitions covering a wide range of topics with appeal for multiple audiences. Nearly any size venue can be accommodated, from 200 linear feet for a small photo show to an 8,000-square-foot, interactive exhibition.

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