In February 2014, photographer David Liittschwager and a team of marine biologists from the Smithsonian Institute and U.C. Berkeley’s Gump Station undertook a “One Cubic Foot” project on Tetiaroa. This project attempted to record and photograph all the creatures that live in or move through a one cubic foot cube that was placed on the inner reef of Motu Onetahi where The Brando is located. The team recorded all of these creatures down to a size of about a millimeter. A few are shown in this gallery.


David Liittschwager

David Liittschwager is a freelance photographer, a contributing photographer to National Geographic and other magazines, and a book author. His photographs have been exhibited at many museums, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York City; the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.; the Honolulu Academy of Art in Hawaii; and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. In 2008 David was honored with a 2008 World Press Photo Award for his article on marine microfauna, which appeared in the November 2007 issue of National Geographic magazine. He lives in San Francisco.