Luis Marden

Photog, National Geographic filmmaker

Luis Marden, a pioneer in underwater photography who found the remains of the HMS Bounty and went on to make 11 films for National Geographic, died in Arlington, Va., March 3, of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 90.

Chelsea, Mass. native was born Annibale Luigi Paragallo. He changed his name while working for a radio station as a young man. Although he did not attend college, he was fluent in five languages.

In 1957, he discovered the remains of William Bligh’s ship Bounty off Pitcairn Island in the Pacific Ocean.

During a 64-year career with the National Geographic Society, Marden traveled with Jacques Cousteau and was a pioneer in 35mm underwater color photography.

Working with his wife, Ethel, a mathematician, Marden recalculated the route Columbus sailed from Spain’s Canary Islands to the Western Hemisphere. They and National Geographic senior editor Joseph Judge concluded that Columbus landed at Samana Cay, 65 miles southwest of the long-accepted landfall on Watling Island, also known as San Salvador.

Early in his career, Marden spent much of his time in Central and South America. Later, he was a leader in National Geographic’s space reporting.

Besides his films, he also contributed 60 articles to National Geographic as writer or photographer.

He is survived by his wife.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety

Loading