About Us

The sea is an alien realm we can enter only briefly, filled with creatures we have only begun to study. Over the last few decades, a number of people have devoted their lives to solving its mysteries and witnessing its special events. Among them is diver, naturalist and cinematographer Feodor Pitcairn, who has carried advanced photographic and video equipment – including High-Definition cameras – into the deep to capture the most accurate and vivid images possible of a world most of us will never see.

Feodor Pitcairn Productions studios are located in Pennsylvania, USA – our subject matter however is to be found all over the world, below the oceans surface. From French Polynesia, to Alaska; from the Channel Islands off the coast of California to the legendary ecosystem of the Galapagos – our mission is to capture the life and beauty of the worlds oceans in a way that will inform, engage, and enlighten.

Particular to our mission is the innovative use of cutting edge technology. Feodor Pitcairn was a pioneer in recognizing the advantages of using Sony Broadcast television cameras underwater compared to film. Mr. Pitcairn took delivery of the first Sony High-Definition handy camera delivered to the U.S. in March of 1988, and has been shooting in HD ever since.

It has been said that people will conserve only that which they love, and love only that which they know. Ultimately, our purpose in recording the wonders of the underwater world is to connect people with an environment in need of their understanding and action.

“In wildness is the preservation of the world.”
— Henry David Thoreau

Feodor Pitcairn began photographing wildlife in his teens, and since 1967 has worked predominantly underwater, with a growing fascination for portraying marine animals within the context of the underwater seascape. He has spent over 3,000 hours underwater, photographing and filming remote ocean wilds across the world.

In 1981, his photography exhibit, “Galapagos” Born of the Sea” opened at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History and then went on a four-year tour with the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibits. In 1984, the New York Graphic Society (Little, Brown) published “Hidden Seascapes”, a collection of Feodor’s photographs emphasizing his concept of portraying the seascape in natural light. The collection has been exhibited at Penn State Campus and the New Jersey State Aquarium. His work has also appeared in many magazines and calendars. A portfolio of his natural light photographs was published in Audubon in 1989.

In 1991 he retired from his business life in order to devote his full time and attention to the creation of television productions. Feodor Pitcairn Productions was formed to specialize in television and educational productions featuring marine life. Ocean Wilds, a 5-part series and ten year effort of enormous magnitude shot in locations all over the world, was the first production completed. The last 2 shows of the series introduced the production companies use of state-of-the-art High-Definition technology and HD programming. Ocean Wilds made it’s on-air debut on world wide broadcast television and PBS in 2001.

Feodor Pitcairn Productions’ shows have been distributed for worldwide television broadcast internationally by ITEL/Granada International and Tapestry International, nationally by PBS. Video distribution of the Ocean Wilds series is available through PBS.

He has won numerous awards for both his work in photography and film, including a finalist and merit awards from the International Wildlife Film Festival and “Prix du Public” at the Jules Verne Film Festival Paris.

Active in numerous civic and charitable organizations, particularly those involved in environmental concerns, he remains a longtime member and supporter of The Ocean Conservancy in particular.


Feodor Pitcairn, diver, naturalist and underwater cinematographer, has devoted decades of his life to exploring the mysteries of the world's oceans.

Ocean Odyssey, the film based on the Smithsonian exhibit, is available from PBS in both standard DVD and Blu-Ray.

Smithsonian "Finds the Best" for Ocean Hall. Immersive multi-screen, HD, site-specific video installation will be “signature feature”.

Feo Pitcairn began his career as a still photographer and has recently returned to his roots with a renewed focus on still photography.

Visit FeoPitcairn.com to view and purchase prints.


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