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Waterway and Maritime Disasters

A gallery 130 feet under the sea

A gallery 130 feet under the sea

Dirt, dried seaweed and white, crusty blotches of coral growth stain the photographic prints of Andreas Franke, who attaches his artworks to old shipwrecks resting on the ocean floor.

The subjects in Franke's photographs are dispatches from an underwater oasis that never was, showing a world of steel graveyards where boxers swing right hooks from the deck of the warship USS Mohawk CGC, and where ghost-white ballerinas cling to the handrails of the USS Vandenberg. An Austrian commercial photographer who counts scuba diving among his hobbies, Franke superimposes real models over his green-tinted images of shipwrecks, which he shot on diving...