WATERPROOF, a stunningly-crafted book anthology of Australian surf photography since 1858, came out in late 2021 when the state borders were in hard lockdown.
As such, author John Ogden never got to have a QLD launch with his northern photographer brethren – until now.
Enjoy an evening of imagery and a panel of the book’s featured photographers, including the legendary Dick Hoole, Shell Bankier and Joli, as John recounts Waterproof’s highlights and insights into the craft.
Waterproof features the work of Australia’s leading surf photographers, from the first known photograph of the Australian surf zone through to 20th century boom in surfing and the contemporary scene. Featured photographers include Richard Daintree, Frank Hurley, Harold Cazneaux, Jack Eden, Bob Weeks, John Witzig, Peter Crawford, Ted Grambeau, Joli, Bill Morris, Sean Davey, Tim McKenna, Russell Ord, ‘Rich’ Richards, Stuart Gibson, Leroy Bellet, Ray Collins and dozens more.
Join Surf World for an evening of talk story and eye candy, a sly beer on the deck and great yarns from across the eons.
“Waterproof is not just a homage to the pioneers and leading lights of surf photography. It provides a lineage … a road map to where we are. Influences come from around the
surfing world, but this anthology tracks those particularly Australian transitions, putting a few more missing pieces in the jigsaw. Waterproof does not dwell on professional
surfing or what sort of equipment certain surfers or photographers use. It looks at surfing through a broad lens, embracing all forms of activity in the surf zone. Surf and
Ocean photographers are often viewed as an unusual breed, a sub-culture inhabited by some real characters, some of whom have shuffled off this mortal coil in recent years.
It is time to acknowledge them, and to celebrate their skills and dedication in creating images that inspire us.” ~ Tom Carroll