Ernie Brooks is seeing >10% increase in mileage with GasPods on his Volkswagen Golf
Underwater Photographer's Legend Set in Stone
Sculpture of Ernie Brooks unveiled at Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, honoring the photographer for his lifetime dedication to ocean photography and area preservation.
Ernie Brooks: Bringing us Photographic Treasures From Under the Sea
In his multi-decade career, underwater photographer and educator Ernie Brooks has had an incredible array of adventures, capturing it all in timeless black-and-white images for the world to see.
Wildlife Photographer - Ernest H. Brooks II
For Ernie Brooks, photography has been a vehicle to new lands, a medium of self-expression, and a gateway to adventure.
Diving With One of the Greats
In celebration of Ernie's 80th birthday, Ed Stetson organized a diving trip to Socorro Island with some of Ernie's friends, including underwater celebrities and fellow photographers and divers.
Photo Essay - Ernie Brooks
This photo essay brings to light the fine art of Ernie Brooks' black and white photography, and his representations of pelagic ecosystems in oceans around the globe.
Ernie Brooks of STURP
Ernie Brooks and the Brooks Institute played an integral part in the photographic analysis of the Shroud of Turin.
Santa Barbara Middle School to Relocate
Santa Barbara Middle School will relocate to the historic Brooks Jefferson campus in the Riviera neighborhood of Santa Barbara in the fall of 2011.
Santa Barbara Middle School Teen Press Shines at Film Festival
Current and former students discover themselves - and their potential.
Santa Barbara Middle School Teen Press Grows Wings
Santa Barbara Middle School's Teen Press grows from a club to a documentary, continuing to educate and inspire youth.
Brooks Institute in Ventura Closing
Brooks Institute, a visual arts school whose alumni include Academy Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, is permanently closing Oct. 31.
Brooks Institute Announces Closure
Fabled Photography School Will Shut its Doors October 31.
An experience at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara
Andrew Whyte was awarded the 2007 Bob Tulloch Scholarship from the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography, which gave him assistance to attend the "Brooks in a Week" workshop.
Santa Barbara Middle School Campus Relocation
RRM remodeled a 1930s school building to accommodate the relocation of the Santa Barbara Middle School to the 30,000 sf campus.
Brooks Institute in Ventura has a new owner
The Brooks Institute has been sold during a restructuring by the struggling public company that has owned it for the past 16 years.
Underwater Love - Special Arlington Evening Honors Ernie Brooks, Photographer and Diver
The Underwater Film Festival hosts a tribute for Ernie Brooks, using this opportunity to screen new and rarely seen footage.
Scuba Diver Ocean Planet Issue II
"Light... The Cornerstone of Image Capture" with Ernie Brooks
Santa Barbara Film Festival to Honor Ernie Brooks
To honor Ernie's contributions to the science and art of underwater photography, the Santa Barbara Underwater Film Festival will be presenting a tribute to Ernie Brooks.
Brooks Institute Closes
Fall classes cancelled, questions loom
Santa Barbara Middle School Finds New Home
Will Move to Brooks Institute of Photography's Jefferson Campus Next Fall
Sudden closure of visual arts school leaves students in the lurch
The Brooks Institute, a for-profit Ventura visual arts school, is shutting down immediately, amid questions from students, faculty, and alumni.
Inspiring Shooters: Ernie Brooks
As a photographer, educator, and ambassador to the industry, Ernie Brooks is an inspiration in many ways.
Visitors Guide to the International Photography Hall of Fame
The Brooks Institute of Photography held the first Photography Hall of Fame as part of the University Museums in 1977
Brooks Institute Closes After 70 Years of Photo Education
There's big news that's making waves in the world of photography education: the well-known photo school Brooks Institute has announced that it will be closing, ending a 70-year run.
Riviera Campus Historic District
Jefferson School was opened in the Riviera District, on Alameda Padre Serra, first occupied by Brooks Institute of Photography and now Santa Barbara Middle School
Historical Diver - The Return of the Lama
Ernie Brooks is both an advisory board member and a founding benefactor for the Historical Diver. The Winter 2001 edition includes an article about the film ans Hass: The Man Who Discovered the Sea, a film that features Ernie Brooks himself.
Historical Diver: Let's Go Diving - 1828!
Welcoming Ernie Brooks to the Advisory Board of the Historical Diver in 1999
Ohio University Receives Shroud of Turin Photographic Archives
Ernie Brooks and the Brooks Institute played a key role in the photographic analysis of the Shroud of Turin
Brooks Institute Moving to Downtown Ventura
From their current campus location on Ventura Ave, Brooks Institute is becoming an integral part of Ventura with several planned locations in the downtown area.
The Brooks Institute was an arts college centered on the visual and media arts based in Ventura, California.
Santa Barbara Middle School Sees Miracle in New Campus Acquisition
After seven-year search, school reaches deal to move in to Brooks Institute site on Alameda Padre Serra.
Artists and Scientists Return From Arctic Expedition
Ernie Brooks was one of three acclaimed photographers who joined the Elysium Artists for the Arctic expedition, orchestrated by photographer Michael Aw.
11 Ocean Photographers You Should Know
Ernie Brooks is selected as one of eleven need-to-know ocean photographers by Deep Sea News
Middle School Stresses 4th R - Recreation
The private Santa Barbara campus uses the outdoors to teach students life skills.
The Santa Barbara Middle School Search for Homeless
Parents and teachers with ties to SBMS join five hundred local volunteers seeking out the most vulnerable homeless in an effort to get some of them permanent housing.
Santa Barbara Middle Names Multimedia Arts Center in Honor of Ernie Brooks
As one of the world's most talented underwater photographers, Ernie Brooks has traveled the world in search of images to capture, but he has always come back home to Santa Barbara.
Santa Barbara Middle School Begins New Era on Historic Jefferson Campus
Local alumni reflect on the glory days of the campus as students fill the halls for the first time in 40 years.
Santa Barbara Middle School - In Loving Memory of Mike deGruy
SBMS honors Mike deGruy's legacy of inspiring and educating students.
Old Jefferson Campus New Home For SB Middle School
In 2011, Santa Barbara Middle School relocated to the historic Brooks Jefferson campus in the Riviera neighborhood of Santa Barbara.
Tributes and NOGI Awards
Ernie Brooks appears at the 2016 NOGI awards to honor his friend Lad as he wins the award. Brooks was awarded the NOGI in 1975.
Oceans Gallery Celebrates Grand Opening with Exhibit by Ernest H. Brooks II President of the Brooks Institute of Photography
Exhibition marks the first time Ernest H. Brooks II, celebrated as the world's foremost black & white underwater photographer, has made his collection of fine art limited edition prints available to the public.
Ocean Artists Society Exhibition
A major marine life fine art exhibition, curated by the Ocean Artists Society and the Wyland Foundation, took center stage at the DEMA Art Innovation Center during the 2014 DEMA Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The Living Oceans: Ernie Brooks
Ernie Brooks has devoted his life to marine photography for the past 65 years and remains a tremendous voice for ocean exploration and preservation of the marine environment.
Fragile Waters Exhibition
Work from Ernie Brooks, Ansel Adams, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly engages viewers in a respectful and emotional connection to water.
Blinded By the Light
A gallery of photos from Ernie Brooks.
Ernie Brooks Unveiling - Chicago and Santa Barbara
Over a period of 10 years, sculpture Vktor created a series of busts to honor icons of the underwater world, culminating with one of Ernie Brooks.
Mike Verbois: Brooks Remembered
I graduated from Brooks Institute in 1972 and became a faculty member in 1976. As a student, I attended Brooks from 1970 through 1972. In January 1976, Vern Miller, then head of the Industrial Scientific Department, hired me as a faculty member, and in August 1978, the faculty honored me with a position on the Brooks Institute Management Team as the Vice President of Education.
Although Brooks Institute was already internationally recognized, and held a substantial influence on the industry, Ernie often referred to the school as our "family." I didn’t realize at the time just how much, and in so many ways, this held true — family is exactly the way it was. Over the years, the faculty and staff developed strong and enduring relationships with one another, and with the students, high school teachers, community colleges, alumni, and industry manufacturers and leaders throughout the world. In addition to a great scholastic program, these relationships became one of the school’s most important and valuable assets. Even after these many years, I personally still feel as if no time at all has passed — the relationships are still there.
20 years is a long time to be doing anything — and my time at Brooks was certainly filled with extraordinary opportunities and events. I will forever be grateful to Brooks Institute, and in particular, to Ernie, for providing me and my wife, Ruth, so many opportunities to participate in the advancement of the school’s programs, many of which turned out to be "experiences of a lifetime.”
Perhaps most impactful to those at Brooks in the late ‘80s and on, the Institute reached a new level when Paul Liebhardt, then faculty member at Brooks, came to me with a strong recommendation for the school to become more deeply involved with the University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea program. After teaching for a semester while traveling around the world and experiencing countless different cultures, Paul theorized that our faculty members would grow profoundly on a personal level, and would relate better and far more broadly with our students. Given that our student body at the time composed of a 25 percent international contingent, how could we possibly lose?
Little did we know the profound impact of this program, and how it affected the lives of all those who participated — we were forever changed; our minds enriched, and hearts opened. Returning to the U.S. from a 100-day journey around the world, having been immersed in a multitude of different cultures in ways you cannot fathom beforehand, alters your perspective on life, and opens you up to a level of appreciation far beyond the norm for our society. Learning that you already have what you need, is perhaps one of life’s most valuable lessons. It has been for me.
Safe at Home
Ernie Brooks makes Jefferson campus the new home for SB Middle School
Ernie Brooks gifts impressive $8 million 1933 property to Santa Barbara Middle School
Santa Barbara Middle School Receives Permanent Home from Ernie Brooks II, Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Former owner of Brooks Institute entrusts legacy of making a difference to school’s forward-thinking educators
2013 Santa Barbara Underwater Film Festival
Ernie is honored at a benefit for the Historical Diving Society