Chasing Epic: The Snowboard Photographs of Jeff Curtes: Popular Edition
DescriptionSnowboarding as a winter sport has exploded in popularity in the last 25 years. One of the most prolific and talented photographers of this extreme sport is Jeff Curtes. CHASING EPIC: THE SNOWBOARD PHOTOGRAPHS OF JEFF CURTES is not only the ultimate document of snowboarding but an impressive artistic achievement as well. Curtes's camera juxtaposes the best snowboarders of our time, including Shaun White and many others, across impossibly beautiful, majestic, and insane mountainsides. His compositions emphasize the lone individual soaring across awe-inspiring landscapes in an almost surreal and sometimes abstract figure/ground/sky relationship. Curtes's images capture the skill, courage, and freedom that these athletes possess in their pursuit of the perfect ride. Jeff Curtes has been at the forefront of the snowboarding industry's imagery since his first published work back in 1992. In 1994, Curtes signed with Burton Snowboards and had been their principal photographer until 2012, nearly 20 years behind the lens on the snow. Jeff's work with Burton, originating with action-centric images, was unique in that it came from within the core snowboarder's lifestyle. He was living and breathing snowboarding with his brother, Joe Curtes, as they traveled from the Midwest to the Mountains of the West Coast. Burton allowed Curtes to travel the world in search of the epic conditions that every snowboarder dreams of, and, in return, Curtes's camera delivered an overwhelming collection of photographs to their light table.These images not only made incredible advertising and catalog content but also defined a subculture and captured the early history of snowboarding like no others before.
October 15, 2017
11.6 X 0.7 X 15.5 inches | 3.2 pounds
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About the Author
Steve Crist has edited and created numerous art and photography books including The Polaroid Book, Marilyn by Andre de Dienes, Jazzlife and Steve McQueen by William Claxton, and The Curse of Lono by Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman. In 2006, he created and published the internationally successful Gonzo by Hunter S. Thompson. Steve is the Publisher of AMMO Books, and is currently in production with Todd Oldham on Charley Harper - An Illustrated Life, and Lulu by Lulu de Kwiatkowski. He lives in Los Angeles.
Dean Blotto Gray has been documenting the best riders in snowboarding and the heart of the sport's culture for years. In his current capacity as a Burton Team photographer, Blotto is afforded the opportunity to travel over 300 days per year with one of the top contemporary crews in the game. From Shaun White's final hit in an X-Games gold run to a secret pow stash with Dave Downing and Jake Burton himself, Blotto gets more than just the hype. With his work featured in every major snowboard magazine on the planet, along with representation by one of photography's top sports photo houses, Blotto's images are finding their ways into a lot more than just catalogues and shred magazines these days. Jeff Curtes is the principal photographer for Burton Snowboards and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with his Australian wife Jess Mooney. He began snowboarding on a Burton Performer in 1985 with his brother, and has been shooting for Burton since 1994. Snowboarding has been a part of Adam Moran for almost his entire life. He began spending every free moment snowboarding and skateboarding with his brother Jeff in 1987. As a Team Manager for Burton Snowboards he now enjoys the luxury of traveling the globe with the world's best riders. He puts his passion together with his job and has been published in every major snowboard magazine in the world and in Burton ads and catalogs. Moran now works full time team managing Shaun White and documenting the life of action sports' first major celebrity. With every rider at every shoot he has the stoke and passion that he had the first time he dropped in 20 years ago.
"This brilliant and beautiful book boasts some amazing images from Jeff, who has been capturing images of some of the biggest and best boarders in the game." --stupidDOPE "As the popularity of snowboarding has increased over the last 25 years, so has Jeff Curtes's recognition as one of its most skilled photographers. The book ... is a definitive document of the sport, featuring images by Curtes of world-renowned snowboarders, such as Shaun White, Danny Davis, Jason Brown, and Kazu Kokubo." --Jocks&Nerds