In Memory of Emory Kristof

Posted on February 12th, 2023

The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society was saddened to learn of the passing of preeminent underwater photographer, Emory Kristof. Emory, an award-winning photographer for National Geographic since 1963, was an active partner in the 1995 National Geographic/Sony Corporation/Royal Canadian Navy and Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society expedition to the wreck site of the Edmund Fitzgerald. He was a specialist in scientific, high-tech and underwater subjects, including deep ocean work that placed him far beyond normal diver depths. Throughout his career Emory was a pioneer in the use of submersibles and remotely operated vehicles. He created the preliminary designs of the electronic camera system for the Argo, the underwater vehicle that aided in the discovery of the famed Titanic. 

The recently recovered Edmund Fitzgerald bell is center stage during a memorial ceremony with Emory Kristof seated at far right (July 1995, Sault Ste. Marie, MI)

Mr. Kristof, during his remarkable career, documented many legendary shipwrecks, among them the Edmund Fitzgerald, the Hamilton & Scourge, the Breadalbane, the 16th Century Spanish Galleon San Diego and the interior of the USS Arizona. He was a longtime honorary board member of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society and a friend of the organization. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family. He will be greatly missed!

-The Staff and Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society

Emory Kristof on right

Emory Kristof on right

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