Meet Mark Emery

An open house on Feb. 10 will showcase some of the globe-trotting photographer’s Silver Springs inspired works.

Some of Mark Emery’s photographs are shown during the unveiling of his Star on the Walk of Fame at the Marion Theatre in Ocala, Fla. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Emery is a two-time Emmy Award winning cinematographer and an award winning photographer and composer and was honored for his superior achievements at the Marion Theatre in Ocala. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2021.

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Posted February 6, 2024 | By Susan Smiley-Height,

Emmy Award winning cinematographer/photographer Mark Emery will be on hand for an open house event from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Silver Springs State Park.

Some of Emery’s springs-inspired photographs and cinematography are on display in the welcome center art gallery at the park. He will share some insight into his work during the event.

Emery is well known for his work with such entities as “National Geographic,” TNN, the BBC, PBS, “Field and Stream” and the Discovery Channel.

As a young man, Emery milked rattlesnakes and wrestled alligators at the Ross Allen Reptile Institute at the Silver Springs attraction and piloted glass-bottom boats. He befriended boat captains Roosevelt Faison, Virginia Ferguson, Oscar Collins and Leon Cheatom, who have logged more than 200 years on the river. Emery later created a documentary titled “Out of the Mist: A Silver River Story.”

Mark Emery, center, celebrates with Gerald Ergle, left, and David Ulloa, right, after his Star was unveiled on the Walk of Fame outside the Marion Theatre in Ocala, Fla. on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette]

In 2021, Emery was honored with a bronze plaque commemorating his place in the Ocala Film Foundation’s Walk of Fame in the sidewalk in front the historic Marion Theatre. The Walk of Fame contains plaques dedicated to Bruce Mozert, the photographer whose creative underwater images put a major spotlight on Silver Springs, noted musical producer Bruce Swedien, underwater cinematographer Jordan Klein Sr. and Emery.

Light refreshments will be served at the open house, which is free to attend. There is a $2 admission fee to get into the park.

For more information about the event, call (352) 275-9029 or email

To learn more about Emery, go to


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