LOS ANGELES (AP) Ralph Bradshaw White, whose film footage provided the world with its first look at the Titanic wreckage, died on Feb. 4 in Glendale, Calif. He was 66.
The cause was complications of an aortic aneurysm, his daughter, Krista Few, told The Los Angeles Times.
An explorer and documentary cameraman, Mr. White was a member of the French-American expedition that discovered the remains of the Titanic in 1985. He returned more than 30 times to film the wreckage and recover artifacts. He boasted that the spent more time on the Titanic than the captain had.
His images of the ship, which went down on April 15, 1912, appeared in James Camerons 1997 Oscar-winning film, Titanic, and in the 1993 Imax documentary Titanica.
Mr. White used deep-ocean imaging technology, powerful lighting systems and deep-diving submersibles that enabled his cameras to penetrate the darkness 12,000 feet below the oceans surface, where the ship came to rest.
As a contract cameraman for National Geographic, he also searched for the Loch Ness monster and filmed wild horses, whales, sharks and the wreck of the British ship Breadalbane, which sank in the Arctic Ocean in 1853.
Mr. White was born on Aug. 28, 1941, in San Bernardino, Calif., and grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii. He learned to parachute in the Marines and served with a reconnaissance unit in Vietnam.
He opened a parachuting school in Lancaster, Calif., after his discharge from the Marines in 1966; he also worked as a free-fall cameraman for the television show Ripcord.
In addition to Ms. Few, Mr. White is survived by a son, Randy Pixley of Atlanta, and his fiance, Rosaly Lopes.