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Chris Burkard is a self-taught photographer and artist, based in Central Coast California, whose work is layered by surf, outdoor, lifestyle and travel subjects. Burkard’s images are punctuated by energized landscapes and moments of bliss, by adventure seeking and the lifestyle that ensues, by movement and intuitive light-working capabilities. With 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 the humble placement of the human in contrast to nature.

At the age of 27, Burkard has established himself as a known name in the surf and outdoor industries, accomplished a deep body of work, held staff and senior photographer positions and has been recognized continually for his distinct creative compositions.

Currently, Burkard serves as Senior Staff Photographer for Surfer Magazine, contributes regularly to various international publications and is a project photographer for Patagonia as well as several other respected brands. Burkard has completed two book projects, one with friend and co-author Eric Soderquist, titled “The California Surf Project” (2006) and the other, “Plight of the Torpedo People,” accompanying Patagonia body surfing film, “Come Hell or High Water” (2012). Also, he just release his first self published book and short film titled RUSSIA; documenting surfing Russias remote Kamchakta peninsula. This November AMMO books will publish a 200 pg large format coffee table book on Chris's body of surf travel images in a book titled DISTANT SHORES 2007 FOLLOW THE LIGHT FOUNDATION FLAME GRANT RECIPIENT 2010 red bull illume overall winner, and ILLUMINATION CATEGORY WINNER 2012 2nd PLACE, THE WORLD OPEN PHOTO CONTEST 2013 Red Bull Illume winner- SPIRIT CATEGORY 2013 PEOPLES CHOICE WINNER, TELL US ACTION SPORTS PHOTO CONTEST. In 2012, Burkard and his wife, Breanne, welcomed their first son Jeremiah and live in San Luis Obispo, not far from their home town of Grover Beach.

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My main camera brands are Sony & Nikon

Henri-Cartier Bresson, James Nauchtwey, Michael Fatali, FLAME, Pete Taras, Nate Lawrence, Patrick Trefz, Joe Curren, Jeremiah Klein, and Ron Stoner inspired me most.

My favorite photo is probably my Red Bull Illume winning photo in 2010. The shot was taken in Chile and really sums up how I try to capture a moment. It is a peak action moment within the beauty of an amazing landscape. I try to make the environment the hero of the shot and I think this image really shows how amazing the landscape surrounding the moment of action was.

I think the day I began working full time as a staff photographer for Surfer Magazine was a big day in that regard (the day I transitioned into being a "pro"). It was a magazine I had wanted to work for my whole life and was really a defining moment in terms of me feeling like I had made it as a "pro"

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