Emory Kristof, an underwater photographer for National Geographic Magazine for many years, died at the age of 80. He has published numerous articles and photographs in National Geographic magazine, including his coverage of the discovery of the Titanic wreck site and the exploration of deep-sea hydrothermal vents.
Kristof has also been instrumental in developing new technologies for underwater photography, including lighting systems and cameras capable of capturing images in the extreme environments of the deep sea. Kristof, who died on February 6th, was a team photographer for the magazine from 1964 until 1994, capturing photographs for over 40 stories.
Kristof earned the NOGI Award for Arts from the Underwater Society of the United States in 1987 and the Loell Thomas Award for Underwater Exploration from the Explorers Membership in 1986. Furthermore, the American Society of Magazine Publishers awarded Kristof and explorer Bob Ballard the Innovation in Pictures award in 1986 for their coverage of the Huge shipwreck discovery.
These achievements have made Emory Kristof one of the leading underwater photographers of our time and a recognized expert in deep-sea exploration and photography.
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