John Witzig: The Photographer
This exhibition combines photographs from the Grafton Regional Galleryâ€™s collection, as well as works from John Witzigâ€™s private collection.
Photographer and co-founder of ‘Tracks’ magazine, John Witzig is an iconic name in both the Clarence Valley and the international surfing fraternity. The works on display in this exhibition span from John Witzig’s classic surf photography, across portraiture and more intimate portrayals of life.
John Witzig contributed his first piece to Surfing World in 1963 and later worked full-time for the magazine. In 1966 he produced the pivotal ‘New Era’ issue that documented for the first time the rapid changes in performance and equipment taking place in surfing and being lead by the Australians. After Nat Young’s win at the 1966 World Championships in San Diego he wrote ‘We’re Tops Now’ for the American publication Surfer, an article later described as “splendidly inflammatory”. John Witzig went on to edit Surf International for Gareth Powell, co-founded Tracks in 1970 with Albe Falzon and David Elfick, Sea Notes in 1977, and contributed occasionally to American magazines.
Image credit: John Witzig - Fresh mullet Angourie 1972