Private: Action Surf Photography:
Destination Bali
/ Faculty

June 9 – 20
2 studio credits
Course number: IPD-3289-A
Accepting applications until filled.
Apply now. Limited seats available.


Art Brewer, a premier surf photographer, has always been known for his versatility and innovations—within and outside of the surf culture. While waves and surfing are his passion, Brewer’s genius lives not so much in documenting the nearly infinite palettes of waveriding, but in conveying the elusive essence of surfing to legions of the Great Unwet. One writer lauded his waveforms as “portals to a vastly improved universe.” During his 30-year career, Brewer has seen his ocean images and portraits celebrated in numerous gallery showings and mainstream publications as diverse as Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Esquire and Playboy.

A child in the 1950s, Brewer grew up in the coastal art enclave of Laguna Beach, the Mecca of West Coast plein air impressionism. An early immersion in the wealth of outdoor images helped Brewer bring a fine art consciousness to the budding art of surf photography.

Hi photo career began as a teen shooting local Laguna surfers and freelancing for Surfer magazine. He subsequently served as staff photographer, darkroom artist and photo editor for the magazine until the 1980s. A self-taught photographer who once studied with Ansel Adams, Brewer has circled the globe countless times chasing the world’s best waves and the surfers who follow them.

Always eager to branch out with new techniques and equipment, Brewer has also established himself as a top commercial photographer, able to produce compelling, quality images under the most demanding conditions. His corporate accounts include Pepsi, Nike, Volkswagen, Kodak, Quicksilver, Dasani, Yamaha, Propel, Suzuki, Sony/Columbia-Tristar, Continental Airlines, Gatorade, Casio, The Irvine Company, Mattel Toys and Sea Doo Personal Watercraft.

Brewers’s books include Masters of Surf Photography: Art Brewer and Bunker Spreckels: Surfing’s Divine Prince of Decadence, the latter accompanying a documentary of the same name. Brewer’s work has been shown at Earl McGrath Gallery, New York and the Laguna Art Museum.

Support Staff
Malcolm Lightner, program director
Joanna Tichauer, production coordinator
Jean Paul Van Swae (Surfer magazine), photography assistant
Otto Flores, resident guide/professional surfer

For further information contact Michelle Mercurio, associate director of arts abroad, via e-mail:; phone: 212.592.2073; fax: 212.592.2017.