Living legend Art Brewer graced our Space Thursday night and was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He was totally down-to-earth, mellow, funny
...and he actually showed up with a crew!
The last time we had so many people in the green room (really our Reading Room) was when David Hume Kennerly brought his whole family along to man his book-selling table!
After a brief intro to the intro by Annenberg Foundation Exec Director Leonard Aube, who spoke about the unexpected success we've had with our IRIS Nights lectures, Art came out, sat down and starting rolling out waves of images and stories for our delight.
Many of the pictures he showed were dominated by cascading walls of blue
Others showed the secret inner life of tuberiders
And some were portraits of the many surfers that are Art's real 'crew'
- many of whom he has known since he started shooting waves as a teen!
Despite the driving rain outside, the house was full! Many of the guests seemed to be off-duty surfers coming to check in on their pal. And one or two of his photos actually had some land in them!
But the majority of what we saw were these incredible shots of little humans braving giant waves
- accompanied by some incredible stories of the guy in the water shooting them!
Afterwards Art graciously took questions (and generously gave answers) to the faithful assembly
...and then sat and signed books, meeting folks and cracking jokes.
Here he is signing a vintage issue of Surfer
- the magazine that published his first cover shot when he was 16 years old.
...how rad is that? (sorry
...I had to!)
(all pictures © Unique for the Space)