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Michael Portelly

Underwater Cinematographer
26 August 1951 to 4 July 2007

A pioneer in underwater photographer, Portelly graduated from stills and enjoyed an apotheosis with his film The Ocean’s Daughter (1980). Much in demand in the commercial world, he shot eye-catching campaigns including ‘Water Babies’ for British Gas and the well regarded pearl diver ad for Cheltenham & Gloucester, among others.

*Read Michael Portelly's Independent obituary