John Witzig exhibition at Bondi
Some of John Witzig's pictures have become iconic, images that define a generation, while others hinge on bearing witness, being present at pivotal moments. Take, for instance, the photo below of Nat Young bottom turning at Honolua Bay on December 26th, 1967.
When, in later years, the argument about who started the Shortboard Revolution was raised, it would be these photos of Nat and Bob McTavish - what Jeff Divine called "the Zapruder pictures" - that would settle the debate once and for all.
In September, John is putting together an exhibition of his photos. It's the largest show he's ever put together, and it's happening at Bondi Pavillion from 11th - 23rd September. Called 'A Golden Age', the show "explores John's personal archive to reveal a significant shift in the story of Australian surf history."
“Viewed simply as a representation of an alternative culture of the 1970s, Witzig’s photographs were valid and intriguing even back then. But viewed with today’s eyes, they seem almost impossibly innocent and idealistic, like looking at a remote tribe of wildhaired boys just discovered by anthropologists for the National Geographic.” – Robert Drewe
Nat Young, Honolua Bay
Buzzy Kerbox, Haleiwa