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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (March 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292757700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292757707
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Surf Texas, which boasts a foreword by Stephen Harrigan and design by Pentagram Texas, captures coastal life so vividly you'll start smelling salt in the air." - Austin Chronicle "Surf Texas ... showcases the lovingly crafted, black-and-white images of Austin photographer Kenny Braun [...] Braun's photographs are not the typical, high-octane color photographs taken with a long lens that populate most surfer magazines. The book includes action shots for sure but Braun's images of the Texas Gulf coast landscape and the people who make up its rag-tag surfing culture are quieter and decidedly more contemplative. They are ultimately about a place and a state of mind." - Pentagram "Surf Texas is ultimately a near 20-year passion project that spans the transition of photography from film to digital; he worked with Hasselbad, Holga and DSLR cameras. In black-and-white, the waves, the coastline, sea grass and surfers, spanning generations, are timeless." - SA Current "Instead of searching out wild landscapes in far flung corners of the earth, photographer, Kenny Braun, looked for inspiration closer to home, capturing the unorthodox beauty of his backyard, the Texas Gulf Coast...In the book, Surf Texas, he presents an eloquent photo essay that portrays the enduring fascination of surfing, as well as the singular and sometimes unexpected beauty of the coast." - Magic Seaweed "Showcases the lovingly crafted black-and-white images of Austin photographer Kenny Braun. Braun grew up surfing the gulf coast and has been documenting the landscape and culture of Texas beaches for over a decade." - Communication Arts "In Kenny Braun's new book, Surf Texas, he applies his photography skills and surfer knowledge to capture the essence of Texas surfers." - Statesman "Surf Texas [is] Braun's gorgeous coffee table tribute to the wild outlaw surf." - Austin Chronicle "Surf Texas offers a distinctive look into the vibrant surf culture that dominates the coastal towns-from Galveston to South Padre and everywhere in between.[...] As readers pore over the 144-page photo essay, the stunning page designs by Pentagram Design -complete with surf charts correlating to the date of each photo-it is evident that Braun's love of surf is unyielding. From photographs revealing the simple life of coastal cities to riders chasing and catching waves, Braun substantiates the notion that one can find beauty in unexpected places when looking through a passionate lens." - Surfers Village "There is a beautiful coffee table book that I have to call out called Surf Texas, by Kenny Braun...He's shot photographs for Texas Monthly and Wired Magazine and a bunch of other places. He's a surfer himself. He really immerses you in the scene there and...some of these photos are shot half in the water and half above it and so you feel like you're right there without having to surf yourself." - Clay Smith, Kirkus interviewed by the Texas Standard

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Cooper on April 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Surf Texas? Who knew? Kenny Braun did. He has captured this culture in his magnificent photos along the Texas Coast. It is on my coffee table now, and my friends are enjoying it as much as I am as they turn each page!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lori Braun on April 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
One of a kind! This is the first serious visual exploration of the Texas gulf coast surf scene. Beautiful images and a gorgeous print job! A must have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry L Cooper on April 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
As a kid, I spent my summers on Surfside Beach on the Texas Gulf Coast, and this wonderful collection of photographs absolutely nails it. The Texas Gulf Coast is a very special place - no, it's not Oahu's North Shore, but it has a very special character (and many "special characters"). Kenny Braun is one of Texas' very finest photographers, as Texas Monthly frequently calls on him to capture one-of-a-kind shots of the Lone Star State's vast landscapes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Butera on April 28, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book takes you to the Texas Gulf Coast exploring the surf culture. Surf Texas was inspiring including the photographer's style, the writer's description, amazing design, and the overall high quality printing.
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