Fred Windisch: Surf Photography from the 1960s
August 15 through November 15, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF (June 27, 2013)—Madrone Art Bar in San Francisco is pleased to announce a rare showing of surf photography by the late Fred Windisch. The images, taken in the mid-1960s, offer a rare and personal glimpse into what life was like as the sport was just beginning to take off in the Bay Area.
A remarkable artist and filmmaker, Fred Windisch celebrated the Natural Art of Surfing with his creativity and inventive spirit. His images capture more than a sport—they capture a way of life. In a location known for it’s cool temperature and chilly water, the photographs showcase a time before wetsuits were the norm. Passion and dedication created strong camaraderie within the small surfing community.
Fifty years after the images were taken, Helen and Laura Windisch (Fred’s wife and daughter) gathered over 200 of his images to be retouched and organized into a photography book. Twenty of the photos are featured in the current exhibit at Madrone Art Bar. The locations highlighted include Ocean Beach, Pedro Point and Santa Cruz, with some spots depicted in a way that no longer exists—like the pier at Kelly’s Cove. This show represents a unique era of San Francisco surfing history that is worthy of exploration.
August 15th, 6-9 PM Divisadero Art Walk