Rico Besserdich, born 1968 in Germany, is a professional underwater photographer, aquatic imaging artist, journalist, diver, and the director of the international department of Underwater Photography at DIWA, Diving Instructor World Association. He has been involved in photography since 1978, and became an underwater photography specialist in 2000.
His more than 200 articles about underwater photography and diving related topics had been published in magazines and books all around the world, translated into 11 different languages.
Rico worked as a guest lecturer of artistic underwater photography, invited by a German fine arts academy (HBK Saar, College of Fine Arts – Saarbrücken), his photographic work was awarded by National Geographic, Ocean Geographic, DIWA, PADI and The OPEN of Photography.
In various international photography competitions (underwater and above), he participated as a juror. In 2012, an underwater photography contest award in Italy was named after him („The Rico Besserdich Creative Photography Award“).
His 2 books about underwater photography are the only ones of their kind that are published in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese as well.
He was one of the curators of the underwater-photography related art book series „Edition Fifty Fathoms“, and is frequently invited as speaker to the diving industry’s leading fairs and shows such as „BOOT“ (Germany), DEMA (USA), EUDI (Italy) and ADEX (Singapore).
Rico’s photographic style is characterized by elements of the classic analog Fine Art Photography, mixed with contemporary elements. He is one of the first modern photographers of the digital age who discovered these classic elements and techniques underwater, and his new expressions and styles of aquatic imaging played a major role in the international level, inspiring people all over the world.
What means „Aquatic Imaging“?
‘Aquatic Imaging’ is the art of imaging utilizing water as the key element of expression. It is not bound to the underwater realm, it can be realized wherever water exist.
Traditional underwater photography is a documentary style, capturing what exists in an objective form. ‘Aquatic Imaging’ guides the viewer to a realm of new perceptions, new thoughts and fresh interpretations.
The element of water alters our vision and impressions. Known forms transition into new, unique and often startling creations, often beyond our expectations. Whether it is an entire ocean, a lake, a river, a pond or a single drop of water, the essence of liquid is transformative.
The potential of reflecting the relationship between mankind and water, building bridges between societies, cultures and countries, uniting people and awakening a greater environmental awareness; this is the goal. These images have one single purpose, a vision of global unity. A look from a different perspective can make all the difference in the world.
View these images, form your own impression and thoughts, explore this world. The only limitations are your own sense of freedom, imagination and the expanses of the water realms of our world.