Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Report Abuse   |   Sign In   |   Become a DEMA Member
Ralph White
Share |

Ralph White passed away suddenly on February 4, 2008 in Glendale, California. Ralph was a long-time friend of the diving industry, and a constant fixture at DEMA Shows and other diving events around the world.

Ralph was an award-winning cinematographer, video cameraman and editor, with over 30 years of production experience and hundreds of motion picture and television credits to his name. He was one of the few people experienced in the methodology and technology required to safely reach the deep ocean depths in order to acquire images. In 1985, he documented the expedition that found the Wreck of the RMS Titanic, and in 1987 and 2000, he co-directed the salvage operation and photography during the recovery of over 5,000 artifacts from Titanic's debris field.

He was the submersible cameraman for the 1991 IMAX feature film Titanica, and in 1995-96, he was the expedition leader and second unit cameraman for James Cameron's Academy Award winning feature film Titanic. White made 35 dives to the -12,000 foot deep wreck of the Titanic, and was qualified as a copilot on the French Nautile and Russian Mir submersibles. He was operations supervisor of the Medusa ROV for James Cameron's 3D IMAX film Ghosts of the Abyss and technologies coordinator for James Cameron's live broadcast from the deck of the ship for the Discovery Channel's Last Mysteries of Titanic. Ralph was also the deep sea imaging and guest wreck expert for the History Channel's Titanic's Last Moments, which just aired last month.
For more than 25 years, Ralph served as a contract cameraman for the National Geographic Society, where he and staff photographer Emory Kristof pioneered the development of advanced remote cameras, 3D Video, HDTV, and deep ocean imaging and lighting systems. Those assignments included the Discovery of Active Volcanic Vents along with their unique biological colonies in the deep waters of the east Pacific rise and Mid-Atlantic ridges; and the first multinational Exploration of Lake Baikal, in remote Siberia. Other NGS credits include Loch Ness, Suruga Bay, Wild Horses, Reptiles, Sharks, The Beebe Project, and The Great Whales, which won the coveted Emmy for Best Documentary. His cinematography won the Grenoble Film Festival Gold Medal, Golden Eagle, Cindy, and Golden Halo awards. Ralph served as Chairman of the Board for The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, and was President of the Adventurers Club.
He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Force Reconnaissance Team Leader, and was a highly decorated Reserve Forces Captain, who commanded the elite and award-winning Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Photographic Unit.

Ralph is survived by a daughter Krista, son Randy, and by fiancé Rosaly Lopes.

Services have been scheduled for Tuesday February 12 at 1:00 pm at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills, CA.

The History Channel has posted a video on Ralph on  It is a great tribute to a great man.

Association Management Software Powered by®  ::  Legal/Privacy