Ralph White

Ralph White is an award winning cinematographer and editor with over thirty years of production experience. He is one of the few experienced people in the methods and technologies required to safely reach deep ocean depths to acquire images. He holds the record for the most number of dives to the 12,000 ft. deep wreck RMS Titanic, and has qualified as a co-pilot of the French Nautile and Russian Mir submersibles. In 1995 he was the expedition leader and second unit camera man for the recent film Titanic. For more than 25 years White has served a contract cameraman for the National Geographic Society. His assignments for National Geographic have included Ring of Fire, Exploring Siberia's Lake Baikal, Deep Sea Geysers, Monterey Canyon, Discovering the Titanic, and The Great Whales which won an Emmy for best documentary. White, with photographer Emory Kristof, has pioneered the development of advanced remote cameras, 3-D video, H.D.T.V., and deep ocean imaging and lighting systems. He is a highly qualified helicopter and astrovision aerial specialist, and was the co-inventor of the bell camera helmet. White's other film credits include documenting the behind-the-scenes making of the motion pictures The Deep, Tora-Tora-Tora, and Valley of the Dolls. He is a highly decorated reserve forces captain, a knight of the Order of St. Lazarus, a knight of the Order of Constantine, and the recipient of the Cross of Scotland for his filming and conservation accomplishments.


Last update: 7 August 1998 Robert W. Schmieder, schmieder@cordell.org