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Bruce Mozert

Bruce Mozert
Born Robert Bruce Moser
(1916-11-24) November 24, 1916 (age 99)
Newark, Ohio, United States
Nationality American
Known for Underwater photography

Bruce Mozert (born November 24, 1916), born Robert Bruce Moser, is an American photographer. He is considered to be a pioneer of underwater photography[1] and his images of Silver Springs, Florida, were widely broadcast during the early and mid 20th century.

Early life

Mozert was born in Newark, Ohio, to Fred and Jessie Moser. He was the youngest of three children and the only son. The family moved to a farm in Scranton, Pennsylvania, while he was still young, where his father became the superintendent of the Scranton Stove Works. He graduated high school and took a job as a truck driver that brought coal to New Jersey, but quickly decided he was "too sensitive to be a truck driver" and moved to New York City to live with his sister, model and pin-up artist Zoë Mozert. Through Zoë, Bruce met Victor de Palma, a lead photographer for Life magazine, who hired him as a film developer and helped him into the field. He joined the Freelance Photographers Guild and worked for Pic.

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Career

In 1938, while he was on an assignment to photograph women's shoes in Miami, Florida, Mozert heard about the filming of one of Johnny Weissmuller's Tarzan movies in Silver Springs. He traveled to meet the cast and ended up staying in Ocala, becoming the official photographer of Silver Springs for the next 45 years. He served in the Army Air Forces for World War II and there learned aerial photography.[3]

Mozert took advantage of the extremely clear water of Silver Springs by taking underwater photographs with specially constructed waterproof camera housings.[1] He built his first such housing in the early 1940s.[2] The novelty and clarity of his underwater photographs were major advertisements for Silver Springs and the distribution of the photos over wire services helped the attraction bring in visitors from 1940 to 1970.

Most of his photographs feature submerged women doing ordinary tasks that would be done on land, such as cooking, reading newspapers, and mowing lawns. Most of the women were actually employees of Silver Springs and one of his most frequently shot models, Ginger Stanley, was an underwater stunt double for Creature from the Black Lagoon. Physical tricks were often used to make the underwater scenes appear more realistic. He also took underwater movie stills for the many productions filmed in Silver Springs. Above the water, he took pictures of visitors going on glass bottom boat tours, developed the film while they were on the tour, and then had the photos ready to sell to visitors when they returned.[2]

Mozert now works out of his studio in Ocala, Florida, where he digitizes film.[1] His pictures have been featured in publications such as Huffington Post,[4] National Geographic, Life, Look, Pic,

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References

  1. ^ a b c Monroe, G. (May 2008). "The Life Aquatic with Bruce Mozert". Smithsonian Magazine.
  2. ^ a b c Mozert, B. & Monroe, G. (2008). Silver Springs: The underwater photography of Bruce Mozert. University Press of Florida. p. 30.
  3. ^ Rizzo, M. (July 11, 2013). "Silver Springs photographer Bruce Mozert blazed underwater trails". The Gainesville Sun.
  4. ^ Underwater Photography: Bruce Mozert's 1950s Shots Of Stuntwoman Ginger Stanley Will Make Your Day

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