About the Book

Song of Silence – A Book about Water

 ‘Mother Nature is the greatest artist and water is one of her favorite brushes. The element of water alters our vision and impressions. Known forms transition into new, unique and often startling creations, often beyond our expectations. ‘ —Rico Besserdich

Song of Silence is an art book that will take you on a journey into the essential, ineffable beauty of the mighty element, water.

97 people from 47 different countries contributed their personal thoughts about the beauty and importance of the element that unites us all, water. Their words are visualized by artful images of water. Divers, artists, philosophers, craftsmen, fishermen, housewifes, children, conservationists, medics, bank directors and many more were involved. Several Nobel laureates such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Excellency José Ramos-Horta, Dr. Tawakkol Karman, Sir John B. Gurdon and Professor May-Britt Moser contributed their words, other contributors are Eckhart Tolle, Lynn Funkhouser, Ernie Brooks, Marty Snyderman, Dean Kamen, Monica Green, Ricardo Donoso, His Excellency Jose Goni, Gunilla Lundgren and so many more.

Arts, science and philosophy worked together hand in hand to create a positive universal message about about the element that unites all living beings on Planet Earth, water. The potential of reflecting the relationship between mankind and water, building bridges between societies, cultures and countries, uniting people and awakening a greater environmental awareness; this is the goal. Song of Silence has one single purpose, a vision of global unity. A look from a different perspective can make all the difference in the world.

Song of Silence was officially released in the Nobel Museum, Stockholm/Sweden in November 2017. It since then received very positive recognition by the Nobel Organisation, the Swedish Parliament, the Amitié Sans Frontières Organisation, the United Nations and Prince Albert of Monaco, among others.

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‘A truly artistic concept going far beyond standard underwater photography’. –Michael Lawrence

‘Visual philosopher Rico Besserdich created a blue ode to our life support system. This fine art photography book reminds us that the intrinsic beauty of water has an alchemical effect that unifies the planet, on many levels’. — Laurie Wilson, Blue Ocean Network

‘Without water there’s is no life, without art there is no appreciation of one’s passion. Rico certainly has filled both gaps. Astounding imaginary of the water world through his eyes is beyond words, truly something for the senses to experience.’ — Vishnu Rajendran Amboo

‘Rico Besserdich’s stunning photographic work, his long term dedication to, and deep understanding of, the Fine Arts means that he was always going to stand out from the crowd.’–Dr. Richard Wylie

‘His work is absolutely fabulous.’–Prof. Dr. Rolf Sachsse, SAAR Academy of Fine Arts

‘With Rico Besserdich the year of the water has found its protagonist’. –Dr. Friedrich Naglschmid

‘It is unbelievable’. –His Excellency Jose Goni, Ambassador of Chile to Sweden

‘An absolutely stunning book. A mission to save our planet’. –Olov Amelin, Nobel Museum

‘Song of Silence is a book you will want on your coffee table to keep enjoying the photos & re-read the inspiring quotes! It inspires people to take better care of our water, our life source, & would make a great gift!’ –Lynn Funkhouser

‘It strives to capture the deeper or inner essence of something that is both as basic as being fundamental to life, an unique molecule on so many levels and yet with so many ethereal and mystic properties, and the subject of much poetry and other artwork, including photography.’ –Peter Symes

‘Rico spent a lifetime capturing amazing images and the last year constructing this amazing book. It is beautiful and the images resonate deeply the emotions and feelings we experience on under and around the sea.’ –Peter Stone

‘An artist with a beautiful purpose in Life.’ –Ernie Brooks

Book specifications

Limited Collector’s Edition (500 copies, each copy signed by the author)
30x30cm (12×12 inch), Hardcover, 132 pages (170gr/m2).

Date of publication: November 2017

ISBN: 978-605-82119-0-2

Publisher: Rico Besserdich

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About the Author

About the Author

Rico Besserdich, the author of “Song of Silence – A Book About Water” is an independent professional photographer, artist and visual philosopher specialized on “Aquatic Imaging”, the art of imaging utilizing water as the key element of expression. In 2011 he was awarded World Champion of Underwater Photography and his images were published and featured hundreds of times in magazines and books all around the world. His mission to raise awareness for the importance of water earned him recognition by the NOBEL Organisation, the United Nations, the Swedish Parliament, among others. In 2018 he celebrates his 40th anniversary of being involved in photographic arts.

The past eight years has seen his work exhibited in nine photography art exhibitions. In 2015, he wrote two books about underwater photography for a German dive training agency. In the year 2014 he was a lecturer for artistic underwater photography at the SAAR Academy of Fine Arts, Germany. A full list of Rico’s references is available on his official website www.maviphoto.com .

A word from the author: ‘The first time I used a camera was in summer 1978. My first camera was a “Weltaflex” (built 1954), an East-German copy of the popular “Rolleiflex”, 12 images per roll of film. I learned the basics of photography and developed my black&white medium format images in the darkroom. I have been hooked on the art of photography since. In 1996 I discovered scuba-diving, became a scuba-diving instructor in 2000 and began to shoot images underwater. I have explored the oceans from the surface down to 260 feet, always on the hunt for significant subjects, situations and images.

Over the years my artwork has become more and more focused on the element of water itself. My goal has become more refined, to create images that go beyond classic underwater photography. The element of water alters our vision and impressions. Known forms transition into new, unique and often startling creations, often beyond our expectations. Whether it is an entire ocean, a lake, a river, a pond or a single drop of water, the essence of liquid is transformative. It is the search for images that express the endlessly fascinating facets and beauty of the element that unites all living beings on planet Earth, water.’




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