Masters of Photography: Adventure Photographer Chris Burkard

Adventure photographer Chris Burkard is a senior staff photographer for Surfer magazine who contributes regularly to international publications and companies like as Patagonia. Burkard spent eight years seeking out remote surf in the most rugged conditions in the world. In the process, he has established himself as a major photographer in the surf and outdoor community.

It’s my great pleasure to showcase his work and welcome Chris as one of Sony’s Associate Artisans of Imagery. If you’re coming to Photo Plus Expo in New York this month – be sure to stop by Sony Booth 519 on October 30-31st to hear Chris speak and see more of his great images.




Arctic Swell – Surfing the Ends of the Earth

Burkard travelled with Professional Surfers Patrick Millin, Brett Barley, and Chadd Konig brave sub-zero temperatures in the Arctic Circle to capture moments of raw beauty in conditions that rank among the harshest in the natural world. The bitterly cold seas and wind exact a large price on their minds and bodies, but the reward – adventure, amazement, and self-knowledge – draws them closer together and pushes them to tackle the next frontier in surfing.

Producer: SmugMug
Cinematography and Editing: Anton Lorimer
Featured Photographer: Chris Burkard
Featured Surfers: Patrick Millin, Brett Barley and Chadd Konig




Chris Burkard’s Gear List:

Sony A7 camera (Amazon | B&H)
Sony A6000 camera (Amazon | B&H)
Sony 10-18mm f/4 ZA OSS APS lens (Amazon | B&H)
Sony 16-70mm f/4 ZA APS lens (Amazon | B&H)
Sony 24mm f/1.8 ZA APS lens (Amazon | B&H)
Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA lens (Amazon | B&H)
Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA lens (Amazon | B&H)
Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS lens (Amazon | B&H)
Induro Grand Turismo CGT114 Carbon Fiber tripod (Amazon | B&H)
Hoya Digital Filter Kit (Amazon | B&H)
Western Digital My Passport Slim Hard Drive (Amazon | B&H)
Western Digital Nomad Case (Amazon)
Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel (Amazon | B&H)
Goal Zero Torch (Amazon | B&H)
Kenti F-Stop Bag (Kenti)

Chris Burkard’s Books:

Distant-Shores-Surfing-Ends-of-EarthDistant Shores:
Surfing the Ends of the Earth

Distant Shores is the latest book from the award-winner photographer Chris Burkard. Spanning six continents the book encompasses Chris’ surf trips from the remote coastlines of the Arctic to the crowded streets of India. Chris Burkard’s photographs are puncutated by energized landscapes and moments of bliss, by adventure seeking and the lifestyle that it encompasses, and by movement and intuitive light-working capabilities. With the ocean as his main muse, Burkard has consistently captured this subject in timeless and expansive photographic impressions, utilizing the tool of surfing to approach the ocean’s intricate personality and then extending out to include the human personalities that draw meaning from this same source. Searching for wild, remote destinations and offbeat landscapes, Burkard portrays placement of the human in contrast to nature. (Order Here)

California-Surf-ProjectThe California Surf Project

Quit your job, pack your boards, and surf your way down the California coast… Sound like a daydream? The California Surf Project is the fully illustrated travel diary of two surfers who took this trip of a lifetime. Photographer Chris Burkard and professional surfer Eric Soderquist cajoled their Volkswagen bus along Highway 1 from the Oregon border to the Tijuana Sloughs and discovered everything the Golden State’s legendary coastline has to offer. Relive their incredible adventure of surfing perfect waves, sharing campfires with total strangers, and keeping the bus running with duct tape and prayers in more than 200 gorgeous photographs, soulful text, and a thirty-minute DVD. (Order Here)

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