The Genesis of Surf Photography

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A reader-supported surf publication founded in 1992, The Surfer’s Journal is vivid, authoritative, and independent. The goal of each 132-page bimonthly edition? A completely resolved composition. Balance. Color. Story. And purist surf energy from Page One to close-of-book.

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Joel T. Smith and Sandra Kimberly Hall take a look at A.R. Gurrey Jr., the first true surf photographer. For the past 50 years photographs and motion pictures have been the primary source of communication between groups of waveriders into a global understanding of surfing and surf culture.  A.R. Gurrey Jr, who remains relatively unknown today, was not only a highly skilled photographer but a surfer as well, a member of the original Hui Nalu, the Pioneer surf club that claimed Duke Kahanamoku as a charter member.