Exploring Massachusetts and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary with Photographer Keith Ellenbogen


Event kicks off “Space to Sea” on view through Nov. 1 on Central Wharf

Keith Ellenbogen

WHAT: The New England Aquarium Lecture Series welcomes acclaimed underwater photographer Keith Ellenbogen, whose work can be seen in “Space to Sea: A Photographic Journey into Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary,” on view June 22 through November 1 on Boston’s Central Wharf. Ellenbogen is known for his intimate portraits of underwater life that captivate the imagination and compel interest in the natural world. His photography of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary offers an up-close look at an ocean ecosystem that helps perpetuate life-sustaining food chains throughout Massachusetts Bay and beyond. This national treasure lies 25 miles off the coast of Boston and supports almost 600 documented ocean species, including migratory sea birds, numerous species of fish, such as Atlantic cod, striped bass, and herring, in addition to seals, sharks, sea turtles, and whales. Ellenbogen and his underwater photos will introduce you to the fascinating residents of a vast underwater neighborhood that gets little notice yet contributes hugely to our state’s commercial and recreational economy, as well as to the overall health of Massachusetts’ coastal waters.


This event is free to the public and made possible through the generosity of the Lowell Institute; the New England Aquarium; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary; the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation; and the MIT Sea Grant Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: In person at the New England Aquarium’s Simons Theatre and virtually via Zoom.

HOW: Register here for the free lecture.

WHO: Keith Ellenbogen is a celebrated underwater photographer and the recipient of an Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Award for his work showcasing the dynamic marine wildlife off the coast of Massachusetts and within Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in honor of the sanctuary’s 30th anniversary. He is an associate professor of Photography at SUNY/Fashion Institute of Technology; visiting artist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology / MIT Sea Grant; senior fellow, International League of Conservation Photographers; fellow, The Explorers Club; and is affiliated with the New England Aquarium’s Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life. Keith holds an MFA from Parsons School for Design and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.


Pam Bechtold Snyder –, 617-686-5068