Silent Kingdom

A World Beneath the Waves

Written By: Christian Vizl, Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, David Doubilet, Ernie Brooks, Michael Aw, Nora Torres
Through stunning black-and-white images, award-winning photographer Christian Vizl uses a masterful control of light and shadow to portray the creatures of the sea as they are rarely seen, at home in the ethereal world beneath the waves.

Capturing a range of underseas scenes and moods—from the ferocity of sharks to the playful dance of dolphins—Vizl turns aquatic creatures and marine seascapes into visions of sublime grace and beauty suspended in time and space. With each turn of the page, venture deeper into the one realm in which humans do not reign and discover an unforgettable world that few have ever seen.

Though the ocean covers more than 70 percent of planet Earth, over 80 percent of that vast underwater wilderness remains unexplored. As the impact of human activity reaches these once-untouched regions, it is more important than ever to acknowledge both the preciousness of our seas and the necessity of protecting one of Earth’s last truely wild frontiers. Silent Kingdom is both an ode to the beauty of the ocean and the magnificent creatures that inhabit it and a call to action to preserve our planet’s fragile underwater world.
Format: Hardbound
Publication Date: 5/14/2019
ISBN: 9781683835844
Pages: 224
Trim Size: 9.25 x 11.5 x 1

  • About the Author 
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Christian Vizl, Photographer: Christian Vizl was born in Mexico City and has been a photographer for three decades. He has won dozens of professional photography awards, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year and International Photographer of the Year, and his images have been published in numerous publications, including National Geographic and Ocean Geographic.

Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, Introduction: Dr. Sylvia A. Earle is President and Chairman of Mission Blue. She has been called Her Deepness by the New Yorker and the New York Times, Living Legend by the Library of Congress, and first Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine. She is an oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer.

David Doubilet, Contributor: David Doubilet is a National Geographic photographer, has published numerous books, and has won dozens of prestigious awards including the Lowell Thomas Award and the Lennart Nilsson Award in Photography. He is a member of the Royal Photographic Society, International League of Conservation Photographers, and the International Diving Hall of Fame.

Ernie Brooks, : Ernie Brooks is a trailblazer in the underwater black-and-white photography world. He was the president of the Brooks Institute of Photography for thirty years and has been featured in galleries around the world, won numerous awards, and been published in dozens of outlets.

Michael Aw, : Michael Aw is an author, explorer, and conservation photographer. He has won more than sixty-five international photographic awards and has been named as one of the world’s most influential nature photographers by Outdoor Photography.

Nora Torres, : Nora Torres is a member of CODEMAR, a nonprofit Mexican initiative that brings together representatives from throughout society with the objective of protecting the natural wealth of Mexico's marine ecosystems. For more information, visit