Award-winning photographer Brian O'Keefe was born in Needles, California in 1965. Ten years later, a move to the north coast of Maine dramatically changed his future. In the 80’s and 90’s he made his name as a pioneer of fishing and marine photography. Brian had a unique talent for taking off on hopeless lobster boats and surviving in one piece. "Brian’s view" is a unique and often dangerous perspective of waves from the inside out, captured in photos for all to enjoy from the safety of dry land.
Brian studied photography at Fordham University in New York, and got his MFA framed before he misplaced it.
In a short time, Brian gained worldwide recognition for his marine photography with exhibitions in Japan, Canada, Brazil, Morocco and throughout the U.S. along with appearances on television shows including CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Inside Edition, Colbert Report, Discovery Channel, ABC World News Now, France 2, NHK and Asahi TV programs in Japan.
Brian’s work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum, Alden B. Dow Museum, Science Museum of Iowa, Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona (Spain), Parco Logos Gallery (Tokyo, Japan), Gallery X (Tokyo, Japan), The Four Seasons and The Trump Resorts, and published in National Geographic, Washington Post, LIFE, Nikon World, Paris Match, Outdoor Japan, Sierra, Popular Paranoia, Geo, Rangefinder, Surfer’s Journal among others. Commercial clients include Apple, Puma, Nikon, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Honda, Anheuser Busch, Peet's Coffee, Whole Foods Markets, Lockheed Martin, T-Mobile, and others.
Brian O'Keefe was awarded the Ocean Photography Award at the Chicago Museum of Natural History (May 2002)
In November 2001, Brian published his 187-page debut art book, The Wine Dark Sea. In January 2013, Brian opened the Brian O'Keefe Gallery in his hometown of Portland, Maine just down the road from many of the shores featured in his photography. In February 2004, Brian published his second book, Whalers, a 140-page coffee table book featuring wave and ocean photography from the North Atlantic. In 2005, Brian also published a book in Japan "Waves of No Consequence" (Ippai Publishing).
In 2007, Brian discovered his ability and passion to capture the extraordinary beauty of weddings when his wife asked him to capture a friend's wedding on the ocean bluffs. With the confidence of an experienced diver, or a lunatic, Brian brought his waterproof camera setup, jumped in the ocean, and started snapping away, recording the beauty of the event, and the ocean, from the opposite of the traditional view.
Thus "Brian's View" changed over time. While he usually doesn't jump into the frigid waters and dangerous waves anymore, his unique perspective captures weddings and other events in a way that challenges the status quo.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Recent awards include the Ocean Photography Award from Ocean Photography, Windland Smith Rice International Awards presented at the Monterey Aquarium. Three award winning images were on exhibit for 9 months at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC.
2003 (June) - Audience Award, Tribeca Film Festival
1998 /2008 - Canon Ambassador
2001 - Gold Print Awards
2002 (May) - Ocean Photography Award at the Chicago Museum of Natural History
2002 (May) - Highly Honored Photographer: Endangered Species Award
1996 LIFE Underwater Category - Winner
2003 Stevie Award: Best Series of Editorial Photographs
2004 Pele Award for Photography (Brazil)
2005 Photograph of the Year, People's Choice Award : Geo Magazine