Stan Waterman

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Stan Waterman
Born 1923

Stanton A. Waterman (born 1923) is a five-time Emmy winning cinematographer and underwater film producer.[1][2]

Waterman graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied with Robert Frost, in 1946 with a degree in English.[3] He began his SCUBA diving career in the Bahamas where he owned and operated a diving charter business from 1954-1958. His big break came in 1965 when he filmed a year-long family trip to Tahiti. National Geographic purchased the rights to the work and showed it on television. [4] He was a producer and photographer on the 1971 film Blue Water, White Death which was the first cinematic filming of the great white shark.

Waterman was the subject of a Discovery Channel biographical special titled The Man Who Loves Sharks.[5] Working with his son, he won the first father and son Emmy for the National Geographic Explorer production Dancing With Stingrays.[4]

Television credits include The American Sportsman (1965), The Bermuda Depths (1978), and The Explorers (1973) and film credits include The Deep (1977) and Jaws of Death (1977).[6]

In 2005 Waterman wrote Sea Salt: Memories and Essays, with forewords by Peter Benchley and Howard Hall.[7][8]


  1. ^ Stan Waterman Home
  2. ^ Stan Waterman: Toward the Edge of Extinction ( ocean sharks ) video clip
  3. ^ Dive Global :: Stan Waterman
  4. ^ a b International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame
  5. ^ Stan Waterman at Beneath The Sea 2002
  6. ^ Stan Waterman
  7. ^ Stan Waterman. Sea Salt: Memories and Essays. Jacksonville: New World Publications, 2005.Edited by Ned DeLoach, Ken Marks, and William Warmus
  8. ^ personal communication

External links[edit]

  • interview in *Gilliam, Bret C (2007). Diving Pioneers and Innovators. New World Publications. ISBN 1-878348-42-6.