Here Come The Masters of Photography !!!

WORDS: Flotsam Arts Festival PHOTOGRAPHY Parko By Photographer Corey Wilson

From continents to atolls, there aren’t many patches of earth on the planet that surf lensman Ted Grambeau hasn’t explored. Yet in his fifth decade of shooting the world’s most revered waves, he’s never seen an exhibition that has brought together the top echelon of his field under the one roof.

Arguably the largest exhibition of leading surf photographers ever assembled, Flotsam International Masters of Surf exhibition curated by Grambeau will feature a roll call of over forty of the biggest and brightest luminaries of the surf photography genre across the eras.

Opening with a cocktail lunch and launch at the new Kirra Beach House, the exhibition will feature a single image chosen by each designated Master, with select items from the collection going under the hammer to benefit each photographer’s chosen beneficiary.

Rodrigo Reinoso, a Peruivan surfer living every surfers worst nightmare. Over the falls backwards at one othe worlds most deadly surf breaks Teahupoo in Tahiti. Shot by Ted Grambeau.

Featured photographers include some of the biggest names in the genre, including the late Art Brewer, Andrew Sheild, Ben Thouard, Bill Morris, Brent Bielmann, Brian Bielmann, Brown Cannon, Cait Miers, Chris Burkard, Christa Funk, Chris Van Lennep, Corey Wilson, Dan Merkel, Daniel Russo, Damea Dorsey, Dave Sparkes, Dick Hoole, Erik Aeder, Helio Antonio, Jamie Scott, Jason Childs, Jeff Divine, Jeff Flindt, Joli, John Ogden, John Witzig, Mathew Tildesley, Mike Coots, Nathan Smith, Rammohan Paranjape, Rambo Estrada, Robert Brown, Russell Ord, Sean Davey, Simon Williams, Steve Sherman, Sylvain Cazenave, Ted Grambeau, Todd Glaser, Tom Servais, Tony Harrington, and Trent Slatter.

Launch tickets include roaming deluxe canapes, finger food and woodfire pizzas. Live music will be performed by James St Preachers, door giveaways, and the chance to bid on select prints to take home. Rolling into the long weekend with a cocktail exhibition launch overlooking iconic Kirra Point, attendees will also enjoy fine organic tequila samples from presenting partner Solento. Special guest panels featuring photographers, surfers, and collaborators include a session where seminal surf filmmaker Taylor Steele will join Gramebau to recount some of the classic trip tales behind the images.

Ted’s impetus in developing this inaugural exhibition was as a source of inspiration and to create respect and understanding for those who have contributed so much to the evolution of surf culture through photography.

Kelly Slater at Kirra. Photo by Andrew Shield

“Like any subject, to have a complete understanding one must first study the history of the subject. If you study art, the first thing you would do would be to study the great Masters.
Contemporary and aspiring photography enthusiasts know very little of the great talents that preceded them in the realm of surf photography. This is a small step in redressing that situation,” said Ted.

“I have no set formula as to who qualifies, but basically professional photographers with at least two decades in the industry. Or alternatively they are so talented that they are recognised by their peers that they provide an inspiration for younger emerging photographers. Those eligible are a list too large for me to cover in one exhibition, but the aim is for Masters to become an annual event that will expand each time and serve to create a global record of the industry’s greatest surf, lifestyle and ocean photographers.”

Each photographer was invited to submit one file of their choice that represented their craft. The opening exhibition event will launch an Auction that will run for the duration of festival, with 100% of the proceeds allocated by respective artists to their nominated cause or charity. Don’t miss this landmark gathering.

  • Fri, May 3

    1:00 pm — 5:00 pm

  • Kirra Beach House

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  • $45 + Booking Fee