|The Southeast Museum of Photography has expanded with a new exhibition space at the |
Lyonia Environmental Center in Deltona, Florida
The Underwater World of Bruce Mozert
October 28, 2010 – April 3, 2011
|About the Photographer
Bruce Mozert was born in Newark, Ohio, in 1916 and followed his sister Zoë to New York City in the mid-'30’s; she became a renowned pinup artist, he a photographer. On his way to an assignment in Miami in 1938, he detoured to Silver Springs. Johnny Weissmuller was filming a Tarzan movie there. The round tank the staff possessed was too big for filming underwater, so Mozert created his own first underwater camera! He built a case around his camera made of galvanized metal and electrical tape. Then he found an old inner tube and attached it to the camera so he could slide his arm inside and take the picture. Eventually, the movie star left; Mozert stayed.
Mozert kept refining his camera housings for both still images and movie cameras. He filmed all the underwater footage for the Creature from the Black Lagoon and worked for all of the major television networks, including ABC Sports, NBC’s Mike and the Mermaid, and CBS’ Sea Hunt. For 15 years during the 60’s and 70’s he was a contract photographer and cameraman for Mercury Engines. When he began shooting underwater there were no regulators, and he had to submerge in a diving helmet tethered to a hose at the surface with people pumping air by hand. He eventually attached the hose to a compressor and invented what was one of the first compressed air systems.
“It was during the era in which “father knew best” that Mr. Mozert came up with wacky ideas of attractive “girls” performing above-ground activities underwater, shtick for the camera that was perfectly suited, albeit naively, and calibrated for his time and audience. Underwater, a woman cooks on an old stove while putting a spoon to her mouth to sample the fare. Condensed canned milk floated through holes cut in the top of a can, looking just like rising smoke. All this was done to show the clarity of Silver Springs’ water and draw tourists to the attraction. The latent consequence was the building of an unprecedented body of artwork. As Bruce Mozert’s photography comes to light, his best work will likely be recognized as iconic images of the State of Florida’s recent cultural past while becoming integrated into the broader world of photographic aesthetics.”—Gary Monroe.
All images are copyright Bruce Mozert. All photographs are darkroom silver gelatin prints produced by the photographer and are on loan from the collection held by Gary Monroe, DeLand, Florida.
The LYONIA GALLERY presents exhibitions and programs related to environmental, land-use, local history and regional culture in an exhibition space in Volusia County Government’s new LYONIA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER.
The museum gallery occupies display space immediately adjacent to the environmental exhibits area of the Center. The LYONIA GALLERY will only be open to the public during the normal open hours and days of the Lyonia Environmental Center.
The Deltona Regional Library, Lyonia Environmental Center and Deltona Amphitheater are at 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona, Florida.
The Southeast Museum of Photography’s LYONIA GALLERY will only be open to the public during the normal open hours of the Lyonia Environmental Center:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm
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1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. (Building 1200) Daytona Beach, FL, 32114, (386) 506-4475
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