Lightheartedly fun, this book is a quick, pleasant read that invites nostalgia for a perceived innocence of an earlier time in Florida.
- Leslie Hammond, chief curator, Appleton Museum of Art
This account of the state's iconic pre-Disney attraction will appeal to those who visited Silver Springs and to those who have a strong interest in Florida pop culture. - Jim Miller
Bruce Mozert created some of the most memorable kitsch photography in the era of Florida's tourism marketing boom of the 1950's. His underwater shots of beautiful models in crystal-clear waters were sent out on wire services and helped establish Silver Springs as Florida's premier tourist attraction. Gary Monroe has selected some of the best underwater photographs many unseen for decades that capture those heady times in all of their whimsical glory. This book represents an integral aspect of Florida's social and cultural past and is a valuable addition to art and photography collections. - University Press of Florida
For the Serious Collector-
Choose a photo from the book and Bruce Mozert, using the original negative and his vintage equipment here in Silver Springs, Florida, will create and sign a custom print which meets museum standards.
The choice of sizes include 8x10, 11x14, and 16x20.
The author, Gary Monroe, handles requests for these fine prints and will gladly answer any questions.
Bruce Mozert, by the age of 20, was already an accomplished photographer in N.Y. City.
He came to Silver Springs in the fall of 1938 when they were making Tarzan films.
Soon after arriving, he built his first underwater camera case.
The underwater pictures he took were so clear that MGM took them to Hollywood and used them.
His pictures were picked up by wire services and magazines throughout the world.
Mozert became well known for his underwater photographs, as well as his sexy pin-ups and animal photos.
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.
Mozert documented the sensibility of the modern era. He is truly an artist whose imaginative vision continues to amaze.
Bruce Mozert's work has been featured in many local and worldwide publications.
He's gaining an internet presence, as well. Check out these links...
Life Aquatic with Bruce Mozert (Smithsonian)
Ocala.com - Award for Silver Springs Photos
Ocala.com - Appleton Museum Exhibit
Ocalastyle.com (good Jayne Mansfield pic)
DivePhotoGuide.com - article
DivePhotoGuide.com - gallery
Growingbolder.com Interview (video)
AM Ocala Live Interview (mp3)
Filmfax.com - Creature Movies (pdf)
To personalize your Print Collection with your own photo and message,
or if you have any questions or requests:
or, if you prefer, write to:
or phone: 352-236-2792
Answers to likely questions:
When purchased from us, the book 'Silver Springs'  IS signed by Bruce Mozert!
The prints in the collections are NOT in the book and are NOT signed.