The SVA library has added Surf Book to its collection, a selection of images and text created by photographer Michael Halsband (SVA 1980) in collaboration with surfer and surf advocate Joel Tudor. Over the course of five years they traveled between surf communities around the world documenting key figures—including the waves, leis and landscapes—of contemporary surf culture. The collection of portraits is accompanied with text by Tudor describing the influence each has had on him and the culture at large. In the publisher’s description, Halsband likens the development of this project as kindred to touring with the Rolling Stones:
Having graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 1980, he became the official photographer for the Rolling Stones’ “Tattoo You” tour. He became a friend and confidante of both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who counted on him to relay the vibe of their program… This “surf journey,” as Halsband calls it, “has been life changing. If I put in some hierarchy, I’d say without hesitation that it’s been as interesting as touring with the Stones.”
You can find Surf Book on the new book shelf at the Main Library. For more photobooks on surf culture, you can also check out Surf Site Tin Type by Joni Sternbach, a collection of contemporary portraits created using the traditional tintype method, and A Golden Age: Surfing’s Revolutionary 1960s and ’70s by John Witzig.