Wind And Water: Sailing In San Diego Photography Exhibit
From America’s Cup to historic Museum vessels to traditional wooden boats
San Diego, CA (January 24, 2018) — Maritime Museum of San Diego, home to one of the world’s finest collections of historic vessels, from sail to steam to submarine, announces the opening of Wind & Water: Sailing in San Diego. The Museum is proud to introduce this rare new photographic collection of historic, classic, and wooden yachts racing and sailing in San Diego. The exhibit includes an impressive body of work to amaze and inspire visitors about sailing and San Diego Bay from America’s Cup to historic Museum vessels to traditional wooden boats sailed for recreation on the waterfront.
The exhibit opens Sunday, March 4 in Star of India Hold Gallery and is included with general admission. Star of India is the world’s oldest active sailing ship and one of 10 historic vessels guests explore with admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
In the new exhibit Wind & Water: Sailing in San Diego, images from international yachting and nautical sport photographer, Bobby Grieser, are paired with photographs from his close sailing and photography master friend Mark Albertazzi. Dr. Raymond Ashley, Ph.D., K.C.I., President/CEO of the Maritime Museum of San Diego, describes Wind & Water: Sailing in San Diego as “a passionate example for both sailing and photography fostered by a deep friendship with two of the industry’s most renowned nautical photographers.”
The collection features scenes of classic yachts and historic sailboats captured on the waters of San Diego. Bobby Grieser is well known in yachting circles as one of the elite nautical photographers. Born in Washington, DC, Bobby’s time growing up on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay nurtured his growing passion for all things nautical. He was a photojournalist at the Associated Press, Indianapolis Star, Washington Star, and the Los Angeles Times. His assignments took him around the world covering everything from riots to war zones in Somalia, the Regan White House years, major sporting and historic events, and iconic personalities that ranged from Bob Dylan to Andy Warhol.
In 1990, he published Chesapeake Bay, an art book featuring his black-and-white photography. An exhibition entitled Capturing the Spirit of the Chesapeake Bay, drawn in part from the photographs in his book, toured museums from St. Michaels to San Diego in the following years. His move to San Diego for the Los Angeles Times also coincided with the America’s Cup there, and Grieser would focus much of his sailing photography on the America’s Cup. In 1998 Bobby left the newspaper business to pursue his passion of sailing and photographed yacht racing events and sailing in waters around the globe including the America’s Cup, Louis Vuitton Cup, Heineken Regatta, and St. Bart’s Bucket Bash. Bobby was also a partner with Paul Todd in the nautical stock photo agency Outside Images.
Grieser passed away January 31, 2017 in San Diego, California at the age of 70. A flotilla of friends from Bobby’s youth, media and sailing communities attended a celebration of life ceremony and spreading of ashes from aboard the schooner America in San Diego, as well as on his beloved Chesapeake Bay.
With family roots deeply entrenched on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Mark Albertazzi is an avid waterman with a passion for photography. Mark has been making images of ocean scenes since his parents bought him his first 35mm camera at the age of 13.
Mark currently lives in San Diego and is an active crewmember aboard classic yachts and competitive sailboats. His years of sailing aboard the 1930 John Alden schooner Dauntless has provided Mark unique access to regattas, classic yachts, and remote anchorages along the California coast. Mark is as comfortable at the helm of a 70-foot schooner in big following seas as he is paddling out at a remote surf break or going aloft to capture an image.
For over 30 years Mark has been an advertising agency principal and creative director, crafting advertising campaigns for international brands that include; Callaway Golf, Reebok, Sony, and BMW. He has collaborated with some of the industry’s top commercial photographers and directors.
Heavily influenced by maritime scenes painted by artists like Edward Hopper and James Edward Buttersworth, Albertazzi’s images have a painterly quality to them. Mark’s keen eye and maritime knowledge are revealed in his ability to capture critical moments of crew work, boat angles and sailing conditions. The strong graphic nature of his images is a nod to his graphic design background. Mark covers major West Coast regattas and cruising grounds for sailing publications, as well as photography for nautical brands and stock photography agencies.
Visitors can purchase tickets online, or visit the Maritime Museum of San Diego Ticket Booth and Gift Shop located on the North Embarcadero in downtown San Diego.
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Exhibit is included with general admission to the Museum.
About the Maritime Museum of San Diego
The Maritime Museum of San Diego experience includes admission to a world-class collection of historic sailing ships, steam-powered boats, and submarines, each offering entertaining and educational exhibits. The 501c3 non-profit Museum enjoys an international reputation for excellence in restoring, maintaining, and operating historic vessels including the world’s oldest active sailing ship, Star of India. Maritime Museum of San Diego is ranked as one of the nation’s top attractions offering self-guided tours, docent guided-group tours, tall ship charters, year round public events, educational programs, and a distinctive venue for corporate/private events. The Museum is open daily along Star of India Wharf at 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.