At the tender age of 24, Chris Burkard has soared through the ranks to become one of the most published & sought-after artists in the world of surf photography. His work is pure art, reflecting a level of dedication that speaks for itself – ultimately helping him win the prestigious Red Bull Illume Image Quest competition for 2010.
In his own words: “Photography was something that never came easy to me; it was something I had to work on. I’ve always been artistically inclined, and photography is such an expressive medium. I always used to go surfing a lot with my friends and one day I picked up a camera and it was everything I wanted to do. I worked hard and I managed to make it into a career. It took me a long time to come up with something like this!
“My photography is not flash, it’s not experimental, it’s just natural light in a natural setting and I thought people would be looking for something more technologically advanced and more new age. My photo was almost a step back to just the basics of photography.
“To be a finalist was a huge honour and to be able to win was a huge honour – there are few moments in a photographer’s life where he is truly appreciated for the work he does and to be looked at as someone who creates beautiful images. We’re usually the workhorses that are behind the scenes and this is something I could only dream of. I’m really grateful.”
The NBA’s senior photographer for over 25 yrs, Andrew D. Bernstein has worked NBA sidelines, endlines & locker rooms with one singular, driving passion – the love of the game. That same inspiration earned him a rare permanent exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of fame.
In his own words: “Whoever said my job was “glamorous” wasn’t with me when I schlepped heavy cases as I raced through the airports of Shanghai, Dallas, Paris, Oklahoma City, Sydney, Minneapolis, Honolulu, Munich, Portland, Toronto and seemingly wherever else the NBA has reached throughout the world.”
“And guess what? I wouldn’t trade any single experience or my career for anything.”
“Covering the world’s greatest athletes is my passion. Sitting courtside, or in the “trenches,” my job is to capture in one frame these amazing athletes as they fly through the air with balletic grace en route to the basket and dunk over my head, or block a shot or celebrate a championship. Maybe that’s the “glamorous” part of my job, I don’t know. All I know is I love it.”
Be sure to check out NBA.com’s full feature on Andrew D. Bernstein’s career to date, courtesy of David Aldridge.