Posted on April 25, 2013 by Isabella Cecconi
Bruce Mozert can be considered one of the pioneers of underwater photography. He created a waterproof camera himself that allowed him to go deep underwater during the 50’s. For some 45 years he created scenes of people, young women, for the most part, talking on the phone, playing golf, reading the newspaper, having an everyday life..all underwater. His shots were published on lifestyle magazines and was renowned for being pretty innovative at the time. The underwater tricks to make his scenes as real as possible included the use of baking powder to create for instance the powdery “smoke” coming out of the underwater barbecue. He was an already accomplished photographer in NYC indeed when, during the 30’s, he moved to Silver Spring, Florida. At that time they were making Tarzan films in that area. Soon after arriving, he built his first underwater camera case and started shooting. The underwater pictures he took were so clear that MGM took them to Hollywood and used them. His pictures were picked up by magazines throughout the world. He also worked as an underwater motion picture cameraman working with NBC, ABC, CBS and many Hollywood productions. Bruce Mozert’s photographs will likely attract the attention of serious collectors, art museums and scuba divers and his shots will always be cherished as some of the most memorable kitsch photography in the era of Florida’s tourism marketing boom of the 1950′s.