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Surfers [Hardcover]

Patrick Cariou
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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Internos Books (1 Dec 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576870103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576870105
  • Product Dimensions: 30.8 x 25.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,962,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fashion photographer Patrick Cariou's photos capture the world's most famous surfing locations and the sport's masters and legends like no other photographer has done before. This luxurious, highly authentic insider's look into the surfer's zeitgeist (beautifully art directed by Sam Shahid) covers the globe, from the North Shore to Peru, from Tahiti to Brittany, from Long Island to Oahu--and includes an essay by surf writer Dan Duane (Caught Inside: A Surfer's Year on the California Coast), and an introduction by legendary surfer and former Surfer Magazine editor Matt Warshaw. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and compelling. 7 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
"Surfers" is a gritty and compelling photographic study of the sport and lifestyle of surfing. In 100 duotone and 11 four-color photos, Patrick Cariou captures surfers of many ages, races, nationalities. Indeed, he traveled the globe for these pictures. Whether in Long Island or Easter Island, Peru or Polynesia, the photographer searched for the world's greatest surfers and surf-legends. Cariou is especially talented at shooting natural-light portraits of these men and women. There's a relaxed naturalness about his subjects, which is a testament to the trust he gained from them. Also, Cariou, in his best shots (e.g., "Buttons Kaluhiokalani, North Shore," "Local, Biarritz," and "Laird Hamilton, Maui"), captures the surfers' eyes so effectively that they speak volumes about these wave-riders. Also, Cariou's images are refreshingly unromatic. There is an earthy, every-day quality to these pictures. I only wish the photos had been done in full color. Not only would the reproductions have been clearer, but the pictures' impact would have been far greater than they are. Still, surfers of all ranks will enjoy this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and compelling. 7 Nov 1998
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Format:Paperback
"Surfers" is a gritty and compelling photographic study of the sport and lifestyle of surfing. In 100 duotone and 11 four-color photos, Patrick Cariou captures surfers of many ages, races, nationalities. Indeed, he traveled the globe for these pictures. Whether in Long Island or Easter Island, Peru or Polynesia, the photographer searched for the world's greatest surfers and surf-legends. Cariou is especially talented at shooting natural-light portraits of these men and women. There's a relaxed naturalness about his subjects, which is a testament to the trust he gained from them. Also, Cariou, in his best shots (e.g., "Buttons Kaluhiokalani, North Shore," "Local, Biarritz," and "Laird Hamilton, Maui"), captures the surfers' eyes so effectively that they speak volumes about these wave-riders. Also, Cariou's images are refreshingly unromatic. There is an earthy, every-day quality to these pictures. I only wish the photos had been done in full color. Not only would the reproductions have been clearer, but the pictures' impact would have been far greater than they are. Still, surfers of all ranks will enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Portraits Of Men Who Live Their Lives By The Sea 26 Jan 2001
By Dr Lawrence Hauser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I first leafed through the pages of this collection, I was struck by the numerous photographs of beautifully aging men. Upon further inspection it became clear that other subjects are well represented. But I would have to say that for me, the true impact of this book is in its portraiture of strong, active, sun-baked men of advancing years. Men whose bearing and visage evince a serene vitality as well as a timeless understanding of fate.
This is of course a book about surfing and there are a number of wonderful photographs that well capture the spirit, peril and exhilaration of the sport. And a bit of text at the beginning of the book does address itself to surfing history and culture. But it is the portraits of the rugged and weathered people who live their lives by the sea that makes this such a compelling collection.
Surfers is a wonderfully understated portfolio of mostly black and white photographs of individuals who are persuing their dreams in an unconventional yet highly inspired fashion. Cariou, a gifted master of his craft, captures the freedom and joy inherent to their journey brilliantly. His work deserves a much wider audience than just those with an abiding interest in surfing.
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