The University Press of Florida is the proud publisher of many books of beautiful photography. Today we’re highlighting a few of our books that showcase striking images of the state of Florida.
E.G. Barnhill: Florida Photographer, Adventurer, Entrepreneur is filled with stunningly vivid hand painted photographs of Florida’s natural and enchanting landscape. In the age of railroads and steamships, of frontier Florida and the tourism boom of the early
1900s, photographer E. G. Barnhill set up shop in the young city of St. Petersburg. He pioneered a popular new type of tourist art, colorizing black-and-white snapshots taken by himself and his customers. He sold many of his hand-colored photographs as postcards or home décor. Barnhill’s particular style was to mix realism with his own artistic vision. He used matte paper, gold toning, and uranium dyes to create the unearthly hues in his work.
Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier brings together a masterful set of photographs by Carlton Ward Jr.—images of a landscape not many Floridians are familiar with. This collection is more than just cowboys: it’s all also cattle, ranching, wetlands, and wildlife. Ward’s stunning photographs capture the grit and raw beauty of inland Florida, its enduring cowboys, and the land they protect.
Enchantments: Julian Dimock’s Photographs of Southwest Florida is a collection of vivid duotone reproductions from original glass negatives gathered by Jerald Milanich and Nina Root. Julian Dimock was a photographer who left the bustle of Wall Street to explore the land, people, and waterways of southwest Florida in the early twentieth century. Accompanied by his father, Julian Dimock photographed the Seminole Indians, swamps, and wild lands, shedding light on places that people outside Florida would not have known existed.
Everglades: America’s Wetland is a visual journey through the Everglades with images by conservation photographer Mac Stone. Stone’s photographs take you from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, from inside the bone-crushing jaws of an alligator to the storms that race across the blackwater backcountry. Aerial views highlight the vast expanse of the River of Grass. Underwater images capture the endless wonders of the Everglades, including sharks darting through mangrove roots. Intimate close-ups showcase awe-inspiring flora and fauna such as the ghost orchid, the Florida panther, the endangered Everglades snail kite, roseate spoonbills, and, of course, the majestic American alligator.
Journal of Light: The Visual Diary of a Florida Nature Photographer highlights some of the best work of prize-winning photographer John Moran. The book caps Moran’s 20-year odyssey to discover the soul of one of the most photographed states in the country, seeking his vision of natural Florida as it must have appeared to Ponce de Leon and other early strangers in paradise. This remarkable collection of images and essays celebrates the magic of a landscape born of water, he writes, and “blessed with beauty beyond measure.”
Hidden Seminoles: Julian Dimock’s Historic Florida Photographs is a treasure trove of fascinating images by photographer Julian Dimock. When Julian and his father moved to Florida in the early twentieth century, Julian met several Seminole Indians who came from their homes in the interior of south Florida to shop and trade for household goods. Julian set up his camera and expressed an interest in learning more about their lives. Over the next five years he would amass an unprecedented photographic record of the Seminole people and their surroundings. Now archived at the American Museum of Natural History, his six thousand glass negatives, unique for the time in that they were not taken for the tourist trade, are a national treasure. Reproduced in rich duotones, Julian’s photographs reveal fascinating aspects of Seminole Indian life in the depths of the Florida peninsula.
Apalachicola River—An American Treasure is an awe-inspiring collection of photographs by Clyde
Butcher. Moving with an artist’s eye through the Apalachicola River landscape, Butcher documents the river’s blackwater grandeur as well as the quiet beauty of individual locations—waterfalls, cypress-filled creeks, spreading wetlands, a striking array of rare plants, and the turbid, serpentine tributaries of one of the richest estuarine systems in the northern hemisphere. From uplands to Apalachicola Bay, Butcher’s remarkable images share the beauties of a very special region with an uncertain future.
Ichetucknee: Sacred Waters is a photography collection showcasing the Ichetucknee River—a first-magnitude spring system located in north central Florida—which is the premier tubing destination in the United States with more than 200,000 visitors annually. But it is increasingly threatened by pollution. Steven Earl has chronicled the Ichetucknee through his writing, paintings, and photography for over twenty years. In this book he has created a visual record of the river’s inspirational beauty. Poems celebrating the river are interspersed among the paintings and photographs.
Silver Springs: The Underwater Photography of Bruce Mozert showcases some of the most memorable kitsch photography from the heyday of Florida theme parks. Bruce Mozert was Silver Springs’s official photographer for nearly forty-five years, and his images were designed to sell the park and its famous glass-bottomed boats. No one came up with ideas as zany as he. A model cooks at a stove, wooden spoon at her mouth to taste, while condensed milk rises from a hidden can (to look like smoke); another bathes in a tub, scrubbing her toes; yet another relaxes on a chaise lounge while a nearby air conditioner hums away. These photographs—many unseen for decades—capture those heady times in all of their whimsical glory.
Weeki Wachee Mermaids: Thirty Years of Underwater Photography is a brilliant collection of rare, never-before-published vintage photographs, postcards, and publicity shots from a famous Florida tourist attraction. This book features scenes from Weeki Wachee, beginning with the first mermaid appearance and ending with the “underwater Broadway” performances of today. The photographs were often suspected to be fake, given the crystal clear water and straightforward scenarios, but the scenes were real—staged by highly skilled swimmers and divers.