The Art of the Ocean




The Herman Gross Collection

Herman Gross’s world travels and his love of underwater photography have taken him on more than 3,000 dives in places such as the Red Sea, Palau, Fiji, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Indonesia. During those dives, he has taken more than 50,000 photos that explode with the colors of these exotic locations and document the thousands of animal and plant species he has seen. “Getting a shot of a rare creature is always a thrill, but I also try to catch the beautiful seascapes that Mother Nature has painted in brilliant colors,” says Mr. Gross.

In order to share what he has recorded with the public, Mr. Gross has generously donated a collection of more than 30,000 of his images to Mote Marine Laboratory, which is cataloguing the photographs for public display and licensing.

Mr. Gross first started taking pictures with a Brownie box camera at age 10. At age 62, he learned to dive just so that he could document the underwater world on film. At age 86, he was ready to share that world. “I am happy to donate these images to Mote,” Mr. Gross says. “If they help you in your mission to educate the public about the wonders of the underwater world, then they will have served a great purpose.”

The Herman Gross Collection is housed at Mote’s Library. The Collection is currently being edited, scanned and archived and images will be available for licensing. Educational users may use low resolution images for non-profit eduational purposes, but we ask that you give credit to Mote Marine Laboratory as the copyright holder. For more information contact the Communications Division at Mote. angiesue@mote.org

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