In 1969, at age 18 and as senior photographer for Surfer Magazine, Art met up with Bunker Spreckels standing beachside at the Banzai Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore. It would mark the start of a friendly yet rancorous working relationship. And as a very loose collaborative association, it would neither come into fantastic focus nor totally devolve away from frame, until a trip to South Africa in 1975, when Art, commissioned by Bunker, having already trailed the man across several continents found himself keeping dangerous company; only now aware he’d been lured into the lion’s den … as Bunker, on a tear thru Durban, was tagged by the locals as being “too wild for the game park.”
The result of eight years of documenting such exotic exploits and other adventures, approximately some 35 years ago, is an amassed collection of storied photographs—mostly unseen and unpublished—save for some 60 printed in the hardcover coffee-table book Bunker Spreckels: Surfing’s Divine Prince of Decadence 1949-1977 (Taschen, 2007).
Over a 40-year career, Art has seen his vast body of surfing images and beach portraits celebrated in mainstream publications as diverse as Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, and Playboy.