Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Fishing Hook)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Fishing Hook)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
20 x 16 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Driving a Car)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Driving a Car)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
11 x 14 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Reading the Newspaper)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Reading the Newspaper)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
14 x 11 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Sunglasses on Knees)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Sunglasses on Knees)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
20 x 16 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Telephone)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Telephone)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
8 x 10 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Archery Action)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Archery Action)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
16 x 20 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Camera Perfect)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Camera Perfect)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
10 x 8 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Mirror Looking)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Mirror Looking)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
20 x 16 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (BBQ)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (BBQ)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
14 x 11 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Cooking)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Cooking)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
10 x 8 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Cooking 2)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Cooking)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970, printed 2014
20 x 16 inches

Signed on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Cocktail Party Cheers)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Cocktail Party Cheers)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
10 x 8 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Golf 9th Hole)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Golf 9th Hole)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
10 x 8 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Party Couple)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Party Couple)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
11 x 14 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Music and Dancing Fish)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Music and Dancing Fish)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
11 x 14 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Couple Swimming Down)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Couple Swimming Down)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
8 x 10 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Sun Bathing)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Sun Bathing)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
16 x 20 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Couple Reading Together)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Couple Reading Together)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
10 x 8 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Couple Writing)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Couple Writing)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
8 x 10 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Please)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Please)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
10 x 8 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Couple Praying)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Couple Praying)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
10 x 8 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Couple Cooling Down)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Couple Cooling Down)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
10 x 8 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Mowing the Lawn)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Mowing the Lawn)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
8 x 10 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Jumping Hurdles)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Jumping Hurdles)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970, printed 2014
8 x 10 inches

Signed on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Magic Carpet)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Magic Carpet)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
8 x 10 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Signing Papers in the Office)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Signing Papers in the Office)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
8 x 10 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Magic Carpet Holding Hands)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Magic Carpet Holding Hands)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
16 x 20 inches

Signed in pencil on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan
Bruce Mozert
Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970
8 x 10 inches

Signed on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (telephone)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (telephone)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970, printed 2014
16 x 20 inches

Signed on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Sun bathing)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Sun bathing)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970, printed 2014
20 x 16 inches

Signed on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (bathtub)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (bathtub)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970, printed 2014
16 x 20 inches

Signed on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (Paradise Park)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (Paradise Park)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970, printed 2014
16 x 20 inches

Signed on print verso.

Bruce Mozert - Silver Springs Underwater (The Creature from the Black Lagoon)
Bruce Mozert
Silver Springs Underwater (The Creature from the Black Lagoon)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940-1970, printed 2014
16 x 20 inches

Signed on print verso.

Bruce Mozert’s imaginative underwater photography captured a bygone era and a unique time in not only Florida’s past, but also in the postwar years of America. In the remarkably clear waters of Silver Springs in central Florida, Mozert pioneered underwater photography by developing waterproof housings for cameras that allowed photography to go deep below water while also perfecting lighting techniques. For over four decades he composed scenes with submerged people doing seemingly everyday yet dreamlike activities given the underwater context. Mozert’s meticulous production values and surreal vision composing the scenes resulted in many of the most clever and attention grabbing images in the mid-twentieth century. As a result of Mozert’s highly original images, Silver Springs was established as Florida’s premier tourist destination during the 1950s and came to symbolize an era before the days of Disney World.

Mozert was born in Ohio in 1916 and moved to New York to become a photographer at a young age. In 1938, while en route to Miami, he stopped at the Florida state park Silver Springs where a Tarzan movie was being filmed. He quickly realized there was no way to take underwater pictures except for a small tank which held one cameraman. So he built his own waterproof camera case, thought to be the first of its kind. It allowed him to go deep below the surface of the springs in the incredibly clear waters and capture these domestic scenes, with a playful twist. Mozert's pictures came out so well that he took his invention to Hollywood, where he continued to develop his ideas - including the first high-speed camera case and first underwater lighting. His images have been in Life, Look, and National Geographic. Later in life Mozert continued to develop the photographs he took all those years ago, but presented them in a larger and more immersive format. He died in 2015 at the age of 98 near Silver Springs, Florida. Truly a symbol of the time the images come from, Mozert’s original underwater photographs from Silver Springs are a remnant of a unique period and capture the feeling of postwar Americana.

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