Jeff Divine & Tom Adler @ Mollusk Surf Shop, San FranciscoPhotography // Thursday, 29 May 2014
Mollusk Surf Shop is proud to present a solo exhibition by California-based photographer, Jeff Divine.The exhibit will showcase a series of rarely seen images, selected from a vast archive spanning 45 years of surfing history and is co-curated by the artists, longtime designer/maker partner, Tom Adler. Alongside the photographic works, Divine will present a slideshow-style talk offering detailed insight into some of his most iconic images documenting the rise of professional surfing in the late 1970s to early 80s.
About the Artist
As a surfing teenager in the 1960s, Jeff Divine began taking photos documenting the surrounding Southern Californian surf scene and subsequent explosion of surfing culture. This transformation would change a once sacred and soulful pursuit into a sanitized sport and lucrative industry. Such was his talent, in 1971 he was appointed Photo Editor at Surfer Magazine — dubbed the 'Bible of the Sport' — where he began a 17 year long stint, helping to visually define the surfing period through its most respected, specialist publication. During this time he traveled extensively to some of the most exotic destinations as surfers searched ever farther a field for the perfect wave. Divine would later move to breakaway publication, The Surfer’s Journal where he has held the role of Photo Editor for the last 16 years. His work has been published extensively including titles, Masters Of Surf Photography Volume 1: Jeff Divine (The Surfer’s Journal), Surfing Photographs From The Seventies Taken By Jeff Divine and Surfing Photographs From The Eighties Taken By Jeff Divine (Tom Adler Books/Distributed Art Publishers). International solo exhibitions include, The Oceanside Museum Of Art (2007), M+B Art (2006), Crane Kallman Gallery, Ocean Institute (2005).
About Tom Adler
Graphic designer, art director and publisher, Tom Adler works predominantly — though not exclusively — in print, most notably book design. Avoiding the faddish or fashionable, his distinctive, bold use of type (read: large scale, often colored black) conversely sympathetic to the material given, together with an elegant and paired-down aesthetic has produced some of the most subtly alluring books on surfing. An extensive catalogue includes, California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties (2013), Surfing Photographs from the Eighties Taken by Jeff Divine (2011), Surfing Photographs from the Seventies Taken by Jeff Divine (2006), Dora Lives: The Authorized Story Of Miki Dora (2005) and Don James: Prewar Surfing Photographs (2004) among others.