In the mid-1990s, Justin Bastien, an elite climber, was living out of his van in Yosemite Valley, focused on its world-renowned big walls. It was also at this time that he began documenting his climbs and the colorful cast of characters residing at Yosemite’s infamous Camp Four—and his work soon caught the attention of Patagonia’s then-photo director, Jane Sievert. Sievert encouraged Bastien to pursue photography with the same energy that he brought to his own climbing. He took her advice to heart and enrolled at Pasadena’s Art Center.
Bastien’s experience as a climber, surfer, and adventure traveler continues to inform his work. And so does his abiding connection to his native California.
Bastien has worked as photographer and director on campaigns for Audi, AT&T, Black Diamond, Chase, Coors, Delta Airlines, Ford, GE, Gerber Knives, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Patagonia, SAP, Toyota, Triumph, and Wells Fargo. And his photographs have appeared in leading editorial titles, from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, to Outside and Surfer Magazine. His work on behalf of NGOs has taken him to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, fisheries in Tanzania, and remote monasteries in Bhutan.
Bastien lives in Ojai, California