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Timed to the advent of the 50th anniversary of the most popular surf movie ever made, a hidden archive of production stills and photos taken by the director has percolated up through the topsoil. Many have found their way onto Bruce Brown Films’ social feeds. Others have been high-graded into the recent nonesuch boxed-edition art volume, The Endless Summer. Page through and see if these don’t have you wanting to prick up your ear, listening for Wally Georis’ haunting melodica work with The Sandals as Mike and Robert cross datelines.
All Photos Courtesy of Bruce Brown Films, LLC
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[Feature image: The auteur, strapped with Wayfarer crosshairs and a custom look-and-shoot water rig. Brown designed several hands-free action cameras throughout the 60s. With this setup, he found it difficult to consistently align the right subject—thus the sunglass-targeting system, which was specifically ranged to the lens above.]