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Lee Peterson has been snapping underwater photos since before you were born.

In 1961, the year Beatlemania steamrolled England and JFK cool-guyed his way into the White House, Peterson and a small group of like-minded San Diegans founded the San Diego Underwater Photographic Society.

At the time, most underwater photographers used small 35mm cameras called Calypsos, invented by famous French scientist Jacques Cousteau. Dissatisfied with the equipment, Peterson developed innovative underwater lenses, becoming a pioneer in the fledgling art.

See some of Peterson’s images at “Liquid Capture: Masters of Underwater Photography,” on display at the Oceanside Museum of Art, April 28 through June 17. The juried exhibition, imagined and organized by Peterson, includes some of the world’s best underwater photographic art.