Free

Essential Information

Type Exhibitions
Date and Times Open daily from 17 May
Prices Free
Location
National Maritime Museum

Exposure: Lives at Sea is a brand new photography exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, exploring what life is really like for those who work at sea today.

Through a series of photographs taken by those working in the maritime industry, the exhibition shines a light on this often forgotten but integral work. 

We rely on our oceans for food, ecosystem services, energy and transportation, yet it is a world rarely seen. Bringing together photography taken around the world, from the reefs of Mexico to the isolation of Antarctica, this new exhibition shows us the myriad ways life can be spent at sea.

Entry is free, but you must book your Museum visit online in advance to enter.

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A diver heads swims vertically downwards through shining blue sea, holding a harpoon out in front

Meet the photographers

Learn more about the six photographers featured in Exposure: Lives at Sea
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A man climbs down a hatch on board an oil tanker in heavy protection equipment, including a gas mask and visor

Cezar Gabriel

Chief engineer and photographer Cezar Gabriel has worked at sea for over 20 years, living on remote oil tankers. He began taking photos of life on board to raise awareness of the physical and mental challenges faced by seafarers. 

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A diver carries a plastic box over a coral reef

Jennifer Adler

Dr Jennifer Adler is a conservation photographer and underwater journalist, who dives deep into an unchartered world beneath the surface to communicate conservation and science. 

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A man stacks lobster pots at night on board a commercial fishing vessel in Alaska

Corey Arnold

A photographer and commercial fisher, Corey Arnold documents the Alaskan sea and the people who work on its waters.

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Image shows a base in snow, with the sun rising behind it

Michał Krzysztofowicz

Working for 15 months as a Data Manager at the British Antarctic Survey's Halley IV Research Station, Michal documented his experience by taking a photo every day for a year. His work captures the isolation of working in one of the most remote workplaces on Earth, inaccessible by sea, land or air.

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A black and white photo of an oil worker. She wears glasses and overalls, and stands looking at the camera in front of rig pipes

Peter Iain Campbell

Peter Iain Campbell is a commercial photographer who, in order to document life in the offshore oil and gas industry, specifically trained to work as a drilling rig worker in the North Sea.

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A seal plays underwater with drifts of green and yellow seaweed around

Octavio Aburto

A marine ecologist and National Geographic explorer and photographer, Octavio Aburto has been photographing marine ecosystems off the coastal waters of Mexico since 1994.

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