David Owen Brown works worldwide as a producer, videographer, researcher, diver, photographer and lecturer. He holds degrees from Cornell University and the Brooks Institute of Photography. Most recently, David conceived and produced media for a NOAA sponsored museum exhibit tracing the path of water from inland to ocean. He continues to spread awareness of the critical importance of water resources with BASELINE, a project providing underwater perspectives on NY's amazing aquatic resources. This project, funded by the Park Foundation and National Audubon's Together Green program, and David was elected as a Together Green Conservation Leadership Fellow in 2012. He's also in development on a project blending art, marine conservation and science, to be produced in conjunction with Cornell University, Corning's Museum of Glass and the Smithsonian.
His work has aired on NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, the Discovery Channel and National Geographic television. His award-winning photography has appeared in numerous exhibits and publications, including imagery for the Smithsonian's Ocean Planet and Ocean Hall, and the American Museum of Natural History’s Water display. He has authored a variety of articles, as well as two children's books, and served as a consultant for the National Geographic book, "The World's Wild Shores."
As a member of the Cousteau team, David participated in filming expeditions with the vessels Calypso and Alcyone over the course of seven years, exploring above and below water environments from Papua New Guinea to Alaska. He also represented the Cousteau group and the marine environment as a lecturer for universities, trade associations and aboard cruise vessels around the world.
David left The Cousteau Society to begin Passage Productions, a documentary film company and stock house. He conceived and built a live underwater audio/video broadcast system, producing the first live, interactive broadcast from underwater onto the Internet in 1997, and has created cutting-edge interactive programming for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Sanctuary Program, GTE and a variety other clients.
He has experienced and documented Humpback whales and submarine lava flows off Hawaii, Great White Sharks and Leafy Sea Dragons off South Australia, Killer whales feeding on sharks off Papua New Guinea and Narwhals off Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. David was greatly influenced by filming environmental events such as the 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. He also filmed the discovery and raising of the submarine INS Dakar for the Nauticos Corporation, subject of a National Geographic special that aired in 2002. He specializes in filming in the marine environment and covering teams working at sea and in tight quarters without compromising the scientific and technical work being done.