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Sailboats, Ballerinas and Horses: The Underwater Photography of Kurt Arrigo

By Hanssie on February 11th 2014

Photographers are passionate people. We tend to experience life with a camera attached to our hands, pointing toward the things that we love, in an almost desperate attempt to document it all before the moments pass us by.

One look at Kurt Arrigo’s photographs and one can quickly see that his passion is water. The backdrop of almost every one of his photos is water–whether underwater or above in a sailboat. He is widely acclaimed for his work in sailing photography, an interest that took off after photographing the 1992 America’s Cup in San Diego. He has since documented many international yachting events.


NIKON D3X 17mm 1/8 secs f/22 ISO/Film 64

Les Voiles de St. Tropez 2009

NIKON D3X 75mm 1/6400 secs f/4 ISO/Film 400

Rolex Fastnet Race 2013

Nikon D800 400mm 1/8000 secs f/8 ISO 400

Kurt has also taken his passion for water down under – as in, under the surfaces. He has traveled internationally shooting underwater wildlife from the Galapagos Islands to the Great Barrier Reef and a published book of his home country of Malta, Malta: A Coastal Journey.

[REWIND: Spellbinding Images of Underwater Rainbows by Mark Mawson]


Nikon D800 24mm 1/80 secs f/8 ISO 200


Nikon D800 24mm 1/500 secs f/4.5 ISO 400


Nikon D800 24mm 1/250 secs f/5.6 ISO 400


Nikon D800 24mm 1/800 secs f/4 ISO 400


NIKON D300 17mm 1/1000 secs f/4.5 ISO 200

© Kurt Arrigo

Nikon D800 24mm 1/1600 secs f/2.5 ISO 125


NIKON D300 17mm 1/1000 secs f/4 ISO 200


Nikon D800 24mm 1/160 secs f/2.5 ISO 400

In addition to his work with water, Kurt also is the stills photographer for most of the international productions on Malta, working with A-List Hollywood actors and actresses. Check out more of Kurt Arrigo’s images on his website, 500px and Facebook.

CREDITS: All photographs by Kurt Arrigo are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

[Via @My Modern Met]


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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Very nice

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  2. Chuck Eggen

    If only waterproof housings weren’t so expensive. Not that I would do this on a daily basis but at least it would be available.

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    Very nice underwater shots. Thats very rare!

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  4. Kiril

    I live in Malta and I adore the photography of Kurt Arigo.

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  5. Jeff

    The shot with the tuna still boggles my mind.

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