Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Multiple Emmy-Winning Underwater Cinematographer Stan Waterman Has Died


Emmy-winning underwater cinematographer and film producer Stan Waterman passed away last week at the age of 100.

With Al Giddings, Waterman co-directed the underwater sequences in the 1977 movie “The Deep.” He also won an Emmy award alongside his son for the TV documentary “Dancing With Stingrays.”

DEMA said in a statement:

“Waterman was highly respected throughout the industry and will be greatly missed.”

In a lengthy November 2017 Facebook post, Waterman wrote about diving until he turned 90 years old:

“I hung up my fins just after I turned 90. I still loved diving and indeed always felt physically more in control of myself when I submerged and shucked off all gravity. For most of my diving years I eschewed buddy diving. I concentrated on diving alone so that I would not be responsible for a buddy and could entirely concentrate on my video shooting and search for subjects. Even before I reached 90 years the dive boats I worked with started insisting on a dive master accompanying me, all concerned that such an ‘old fart’ would buy it on THEIR watch. I was old enough to understand that and appreciated the precaution. The so-called buddy system has probably avoided thousands of accidents, if not drownings as well. It was time for me to responsibly move on. Everything in its time.”

John Liang
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John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.