If you’ve ever opened a surf magazine, you’ve probably gazed upon one of Art Brewer’s images. Largely self-taught, Brewer grew up in California shooting at Laguna Beach as a teen and freelancing for SURFER Magazine. Eventually, he earned the position of staff photographer. From there, he began his ascension to his place as one of the most prominent photographers in surfing and assumed a pivotal role in the changing culture of the sport.
Brewer has had a long and storied career. His photo archive has countless iconic images spanning decades, and he had one of the heaviest brush strokes in all of surf photography. His work defined what surf photography is today, and recently, another iconic photographer, Justin Jay, sat down with him on The Plug. It’s a podcast that you should be tuned into.