Five Photos by Steve Sherman

posted by / Blogs, Photo / August 25, 2010

SURFING’s photo team is ichiban number one on planet earth, but thousands of their images go unseen. This travesty shall not stand. We give you SURFING’s Five Photos series.

Benji Weatherly // Pipeline
Benji Weatherley // Pipeline

One of my all time favorite B&W images. Shot in 1992 at Pipeline. Benji Weatherley was 16 at the time and was about to paddle out to some scary Third Reef Pipe. At the time, I was very influenced by the work of photographer Matt Mahurin and art director David Carson. This almost made the cover SURFER.


Kelly Slater // Mundaka
Kelly Slater // Mundaka

Fidel Slater: I know Kelly really likes this one. He says it captures what it feels like to be famous and get mobbed by fans. It was shot in Mundaka in 2006. He was walking to his car from the competitors area and I climbed up on this staging rig. Right when he walked by, he looked up at me and gave me a hat nod. I couldn’t have set up a better shot…


Lisa Andersen // Hossegor
Lisa Andersen // Hossegor

Shot in Hossegor, France in the summer of ’97. I had the idea to shoot her in a Marilyn Monroe kind of way. This ran as two-page spread in SURFING. Super proud of this one. This shot exemplifies what can be done when a surfer trusts you and your vision.


Mick Fanning // Brazil
Mick Fanning // Brazil

Mick takes the hill: Another conceptual shot I did of Mick Fanning when he won his first world title in Brazil in 2007. The idea was taking the hill (title) for Australia. It has a war-like feel to it.


Kelly Slater & Eddie Vedder  // San Diego, California
Eddie Vedder & Kelly Slater // San Diego, California

I love this shot of my two favorite people, Eddie Vedder and Kelly Slater. Shot backstage at a Pearl Jam concert in San Diego, in July of 2006. Kelly had just introduced me to Eddie. After the gig, we all got some beers in Eddie’s room, then we went out to an after-concert party. This image shows just how close Ed and Kelly really are.

—Words and photos by Steve Sherman

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  • stay home??/

    that SHOT OF LISA created a lifetime of fanasties for me….thanks

  • scotty

    i really love you’re photo’s sherm, as a photographer, very inspirational, all though i dont shoot surfing. as a surfer, very cool to see different perspectives of some of my fave surfers. p.s. that shot of benji should’ve been a cover shot, and should still be. cheers!

  • antony gallegos

    sometimes the best surf shots have no waves in them at all. good shot of L. Anderson but she is not my type (too manly).

  • James

    So good, I’m making Benji my wallpaper. What ever happened to Benji Weatherly?

  • Greg

    Cool series keep em comin

  • Woody

    More Sherm more Warren and Dion agius more Chippa. Prett sick

  • graceland

    the pill box bomber ceases to amaze us with his ultra cool style.Rock on picture king.

  • Mario Cintora

    Sherman is really good for me, I kinda like all portrait photography and in his vision is very sharp and represent what a really good shot is all about.

    Keep the good work!