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Jim Church

A 1985 NOGI recipient for the Arts and a pioneer in underwater photography, Jim Church was instrumental in the evolution of underwater photography.  Having spent more than 35 years sharing his vast knowledge of underwater photography with countless individuals, this world renowned underwater photographer, writer and teacher began taking underwater photos in 1964.  Jim’s first article was published in the May 1966 issue of Skin Diver Magazine and since then his photographs and articles have appeared in hundreds of dive, travel and photography magazines, numerous books and in advertisements for companies like Nikon and Kodak.  Equally famous for the instructional books he wrote on underwater photography, Jim began publishing in 1972 and continued until the late 80’s.  Most beloved by people as a teacher, Jim and his wife Cathy started teaching underwater photography in Grand Cayman in 1972.  Continuing to share his experiences, in 1988 Jim began teaching classes aboard the Aggressor Fleet.  After a brief illness, Jim passed away on December 31, 2002.

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