Wayne Levin was born in Los Angeles in 1945. In just the first 30 years of his life, Levin attended the Brooks Institute of Photography, worked with the Congress of Racial Equality and Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, joined the Navy, and traveled the world. His interest in photograph persisted throughout his travels, and he also worked with the respected photographers Robert Wenkam and Augie Salbosa. Throughout the 1970s, Levin pursued higher education, first earning a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and then an M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Following graduation, he moved back to Hawai’i and began photographing underwater subjects, including surfers, dolphins, and swimmers, and ships in black and white. His pieces aim to explore, study, and document the unknown as well as the familiar wonders of the underwater world, offering an intimate and original perspective on one of the greatest mysteries of the Earth. Of his work, Levin stated “When I descend into this wonderland, I want to make images, not to explain or clarify that world, but to deepen the mystery.”