John Witzig was an Australian photographer and surfer best known for capturing the essence of surf culture in Australia in the 1960s and 1970s. He was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1944, and from an early age, he had a fascination with the ocean and surf culture. In the 1960s, Witzig became an avid surfer and began taking photos of his surfing adventures and the people he met in the surfing community.
Witzig’s photographs captured the carefree spirit and joy of surfing in Australia and are considered some of the era’s most iconic surf images. He was particularly known for his pictures of the beaches of Sydney, including Bondi and Bronte, and the surfing communities that inhabited them. He was also known for his portraits of surfers, capturing their personalities and individuality.
Witzig’s photographs were first published in the Australian surf magazine “Surfing World”, and his work quickly gained recognition and popularity. He went on to publish several books of his photographs, including “The Surfers” and “Surfers: A photographic history of surfing”. His photographs have since become an essential part of the surf culture history and have been displayed in exhibitions and galleries around the world.
Witzig’s photographs are considered some of the best examples of surf photography and are highly valued by surfers and photography enthusiasts. They capture not only the thrill of surfing but also the lifestyle, culture and camaraderie of the surf community in Australia during a time of significant change and growth. Witzig continues to be an influential figure in the surf community, and his legacy lives on through his photographs and the impact they have had on surf culture.