Andre Laban is a World-renowned French diver, photographer, author, and painter André Laban, was a pioneering member Jacques-Yves Cousteau's Calypso team, serving as chief engineer and diver. He developed early underwater cameras which were used in shooting The Silent World which won an Oscar for Best Documentary in 1956.
He shot several films in the Cousteau Odyssey series, co-directed three, and his distinctive bald head can been seen in several Cousteau films. From 1956-1966, he was Director of the French Office Underwater Search. From 1966, he began to paint his underwater images, which are internationally acclaimed and collected world wide. In 1996 he won the Palme d’Or at the World Festival Underwater Images in Antibes, for his film, ‘Iris and Oniris.’ A collection of the photographs he produced from 1973 to 1983 has been published as ‘One Bald Man,’ released in 2007. He is the recipient of numerous international awards.