Bruce Mozert is an underwater photography pioneer who is one of the first photographers to build waterproof housings to take cameras underwater. Starting with stills for the Tarzan movies of the 1930’s Mozert cranked out thousands of zany publicity photographs for Silver Springs, which at the time was Florida’s premier tourist attraction.
He would start each day thinking about the photograph he would make that day. Then he’d take one of the women from the office who doubled as models and they’d dive into the springs. He also photographed movie stars such as Jane Mansfield, Lloyd Bridges, Ester Williams and Gregory Peck when they were making movies at the Silver Springs. Today, at 95 years old, Mozert still goes to his studio everyday.
I have nostalgic memories of riding the glass bottom boats as a child and remember a Florida before interstates and Disney. As a lover of the Florida springs and an occasional underwater photographer myself I owe a debt to Mozert and people like him for romanticizing the springs and building a following of advocates that these Florida treasures need to face current and future threats to their existence.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun