World’s first undersea photo exhibition takes place on Amorgos island


Underwater gallery

In a world first, Greek diver and photographer Stefanos Kontos presented a unique photo exhibition in an undersea cave on the beautiful island of Amorgos.

Those lucky enough to attend the event were treated to three collections of dozens of submarine sites of the Aegean Sea, which were taken between 2013 and 2018.

With a depth of 7 to 17 meters, the technique of free diving met the art of photography in a pioneering art event that was a first on a global scale.

Underwater Art Gallery 1

The Underwater Gallery is the world’s first photo exhibition where the installation of exhibits and technical infrastructure, was done exclusively with the technique of free apnea diving. In order to show the photos in the open sea, a special technique of printing-on-aluminum was done, and then special light fixtures were used to illuminate them.

Under the title, “Dive into Art on a Single Breath”, Stefanos presented three collections titled Mythos (myth), Yphalos (reef) and Vythos (seabed), with photos taken underwater without the use of scuba gear.

The free exhibition was unique as it was being staged underwater and set up by free divers only. Kontos and seven other divers installed all the necessary equipment without the use of scuba tanks.

“Nothing similar has ever been tried in the past on a global basis,” Stefanos said.