Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard has seen more of the world than most of us could possibly hope to see in several lifetimes: from Iceland, Norway, and the Russian Far East, to India, the Pacific Islands, and South America. 

Burkard began contributing to Surfer Magazine, as staff photographer, in his early twenties. After several years shooting surfers in the tropics, Burkard found himself drawn to the cold waters of the Arctic. And it was there, in the northern latitudes, that Burkard expanded his reach beyond water photography to encompass adventure travel, landscape, and aerial photography—and to take his first steps as a director and filmmaker. In 2017, his film Under and Arctic Sky debuted at the TriBeCa Film Festival.

Burkard has published several books: The California Surf Project (2006), with friend and co-author Eric Soderquist; Plight of the Torpedo People (2012); Russia: The Outpost Vol. 1 (2013); Distant Shores (2013); and High Tide: A Surf Odyssey (2015). He’s currently at work on a memoir that will be published by Abrams in fall 2020. 

Burkard’s commercial clients include Apple, J.Crew, Land Rover, Lufthansa, Microsoft, Montblanc, The North Face, Patagonia, and Sony. His work has been published in editorial titles worldwide, including Condé Nast Traveller, Elle France, Esquire, GQ, National Geographic, The New Yorker, Outside, Mr. Porter, Stern, Vogue, and Wired.

Burkard has also earned an extraordinary following in social media, including more than 3.4 million followers on Instagram alone.