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MIA Takes Travelers Back In Time with Vintage Underwater Photographs of Silver Springs

August 15, 2014

MIAMI, Aug. 15 -- Miami International Airport issued the following news release:

Miami International Airport (MIA) is now "transporting" passengers back to 1950s Florida with Silver Springs, a collection of 20 black-and-white underwater prints by photographer Bruce Mozert, who created some of the most memorable kitsch photography in the era of Florida's tourism marketing boom. The exhibit, on display near MIA's Gate D-31, is being presented by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department's (MDAD) Division of Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with photographer Gary Monroe, who selected the 20 prints that capture those nostalgic times in all their whimsical glory.

Silver Springs, tucked away in the middle of Florida, has drawn teams of visitors to its crystal clear waters since pre-Civil War days and saw a surge in popularity in the 1940s, largely due to Mozert's publicity photographs. A renowned innovator in underwater photography, Mozert's vivid images of beautiful models in Florida's pristine waters were sent out on wire services from the 1940s through the 1970s, attracting snowbirds and tourists in droves.

"Mozert's photography represents an important aspect of Florida's social and cultural history, and his iconic underwater images are sure to entertain travelers of all ages," said Yolanda Sanchez, Ph.D., MDAD Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Division Director. "The exhibit provides passengers with some nostalgic, light-hearted fun, and given MIA's long history in Florida's tourism industry, it is a perfect addition to our rotating art program."

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