Iconic Photographer, Art Brewer, dies at 71

Iconic Photographer, Art Brewer, dies at 71

The famed and iconic photographer Art Brewer who was a man who defined and prevented surf photography in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, has now departed away, according to friends and family. He was 71 years old at the time of his death.

His impressive photography skills have gained legions of fan followers. In the below lines; we will be discussing some very interesting aspects related to his life and career and many more.

Art Brewer Works and Legacy

There is also a  GoFundMe account set up to help pay for Brewer’s mounting medical expenses stated that he’d been fighting for his life since early this year and was “Hospitalized since July 2022,” it read, “Art was fortunate to receive a liver transplant at UCLA in September. Throughout his treatment, he has undergone ten surgeries and remains in ICU. With every step forward in his healing, there have been infections and setbacks.

Art is a fighter! “Unfortunately, the man who photographed most of the surfing’s greats from Gerry Lopez, to Tom Curren lost his battle in life. He was born in the year 1951 in Laguna Beach, California, United States to happy and outgoing American parents. Art has been interested in surfing since his early childhood years.

But that wasn’t before he had a big impact on generations of surf photographers to come after him, shooting for both SURFER and Surfing magazines. “Quite possibly the best ever all-around surf photographer,” written by Tom Servais.  

“The GOAT of surf photography passed away last night,” said Brian Bielmann. “Art Brewer was my hero. He will always be my favorite photographer. Art taught me what it was to see the beauty God created and then give it back to everyone through my camera lens.”


He has taught a yearly class with our own contributing photographer, JP Van Swae in Puerto Rico. “There never was someone so gruff at times, and also so willing to share everything with you,” JP has also told me. “Behind the persona of ‘Art’, there was an unbelievable amount of love influenced by his wife Kathy, his daughter Alana and her husband Dillon, and his two grandkids whose names are Elynn and Griffin. I can’t explain the amount of knowledge and friendship he shared with me.”  

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Art, along with JP, would teach many aspiring and would-be photographers openly and honestly and was always a sea of information.  “I consider myself an open book to any student who wants to read me,” he once said. “There is nothing that I hold back.”

In short; Art will be remembered as a great California surf photographer who is considered the best in the photography world. His impressive color-infused images and unique compositions have created surfing’s most lovely and breathtaking moments.  

His funeral services have not been mentioned as of now. We here wish his soul will find peace and happiness in the almighty God’s heavens above. His legacy in surfing photography will be felt for years to come in the future.