Clark Little: The Art of Waves
By CLARK LITTLE with JAMIE BRISICK
FOREWORD by KELLY SLATER
- 240 pages / over 150 images
- Dimensions: 10.25" x 10.25" x 0.875"
- Weight: 1.25 pounds
- ISBN #9781984859785
- Published by Ten Speed Press / Penguin Random House
- Released April 5, 2022 (Australia & NZ released April 22)
- $40.00 (USD). Available worldwide wherever books are sold.
- Special Print Edition ($140 USD) and Collector's Edition ($250 USD) available through ClarkLittle.com and Clark Little Gallery Haleiwa.
It's been 15 years since I picked up a camera and took it into the ocean to get a picture of a wave for my bedroom wall–a special request from my wife. This book captures the adventure and all of my favorite shots since that fateful day. It’s really crazy to see where things have come.
Award-winning wave photographer Clark Little shares his most remarkable photographs from inside waves, with a foreword by world surfing champion Kelly Slater. Published by Ten Speed Press (a Penguin Random House imprint), this is Clark's first book to be released across the US and all over the world.
Surfer and photographer Clark Little creates deceptively peaceful pictures of waves by placing himself under the deadly lip as it is about to hit the sand. "Clark's view" is a rare and dangerous perspective of waves from the inside out. Thanks to his uncanny ability to get the perfect shot—and live to share it—Little has garnered a devout audience, been the subject of award-winning documentaries, and become one of the world's most recognizable wave photographers.
Clark Little: The Art of Waves compiles over 150 of his images, including crystalline breaking waves, the diverse marine life of Hawaii, and mind-blowing aerial photography. This collection features his most beloved pictures, as well as work that has never been published in book form, with Little's stories and insights throughout. Many of the photos are from the North Shore of Oahu, with additional pictures from the outer Hawaiian Islands (Maui, Kauai and Big Island), California (Newport, Laguna and Malibu), French Polynesia, Tonga, and the Galapagos Islands. Journalist Jamie Brisick contributes essays on how Clark gets the shot, how waves are created, swimming with sharks, and more.
With a foreword by eleven-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater and an afterword by the author on his photographic practice and technique, Clark Little: The Art of Waves offers a rare view of the wave for us to enjoy from the safety of land.
Collector's & Print Editions
Signed books are available with an exclusive set of prints offered only at ClarkLittle.com and Clark Little Gallery Haleiwa. The prints are the front and back cover shots featured on The Art of Waves. For the Collector's Edition, 8"x8" specially coated aluminum prints in editions of 500 are offered. For the Print Edition, 8"x8" matte prints are offered. Both Editions include a slip case to protect the book.
Collector's Edition (edition of 500)
- Signed Hardcover Book. Edition of 500 signed & numbered.
- Two 8"x8" Limited-Edition Metal Prints of front & back cover images. Edition of 500 signed & numbered. Only available through the Collector's Edition.
- Slip Case for Book
- $250.00 USD
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Print Edition (open edition)
- Signed Hardcover Book
- Two 8"x8" Open-Edition Matte Prints of front & back cover images. Digitally Signed. Only available through the Print Edition.
- Slip Case for Book
- $140.00 USD
Order Print Edition
The Collector's Edition and Print Edition are only available at ClarkLittle.com and Clark Little Gallery Haleiwa
Jigsaw Puzzle & Postcard Set
Clark Little Photography announces a collaboration with Penguin Random House and Clarkson Potter, PRH's dedicated award-winning lifestyle brand. Together we have created two quality products featuring Clark's wave photography: Clark Little Postcard Set and Clark Little Jigsaw Puzzle. Available to purchase worldwide starting May 2, 2023. Products are currently available for pre-order.
- 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle
- Featured image: Crystal Ball
- Puzzle size 20" x 27" inches
- Box size approximately 8" x 10" x 2.3" inches
- Retail price $19.99 USD
50-Card Postcard Set
- 50 cards of waves. 25 different cards with duplicates of each.
- Postcard size 4"x6" inches
- Box size approximately 4 3/8" x 6 1/4" x 1 1/2"
- Captions included on the back of each card featuring 24 waves from Hawaii (Oahu's North Shore, Maui, Kaua'i and Hawai'i Island) and 1 wave from Newport Beach, California.
- Retail price $19.99 USD
Postcard Set is NOT available at ClarkLittle.com and Clark Little Gallery Haleiwa
Reviews - What People Are Saying
"How do you photograph the world's most dangerous waves? You get thrashed. Clark Little uses his knowledge and love of surfing and the ocean to show people rare glimpses into the inside of Hawaii's most powerful waves"
"One of the most visible and respected water photographers in the world... Clark Little has taken the closeout shorebreak by his home and turned it into high art seen around the world."
4.9 out of 5 (450+ reviews)
Best Seller for over 11 months –Amazon USA
"Stunning images from inside the barrels of some of the most powerful and dangerous waves on Earth... The Art of Waves chronicles [Clark's] adventures in the ocean."
"The Art of Waves from delicate tubes to towering walls… powerfully intimate and unexpected."
"There’s an undeniable allure to surfer and photographer Clark’s Little’s aquatic photography, and it's one that teeters on the edge of dangerous attraction and childlike excitement."
"Just buy it. Then for the rest of your days you can study each frame at your own leisure and marvel at this collection of some of the most dazzling displays to be found in the ocean. At the same time, you can scratch your head at how far Clark Little is prepared to go to capture them. "
"For years Clark would voluntarily put his life on the line riding his surfboard at the Waimea Bay shorebreak to experience brief moments of bliss. He was training to become one of the world's most amazing water photographers. Luckily for the rest of us, Clark survived all that for someone to put a camera in his hand. And now we get to experience up-close these moments of bliss."
"Clark Little's love letter to shorebreak... The Art of Waves is a worthy coffee table addition to any surfer's collection."
"I have been in the ocean my whole life, and to witness her beauty through Clark’s eyes and images always impacts me. His unique perspective and the intimacy he creates allows me to see waves in a new and different way."
"[Clark's] portfolio is as remarkable as it is diverse, and his new book, The Art of Waves, is a joy to behold"
"There are special moments in nature when the culmination of a wave's energy breaks free into fantastical forms. Clark’s exceptional skill is meeting the apex of this energy and capturing it to share these final and most magnificent of manifestations."
"You should get a copy of
[Clark's] beautiful new book Clark Little: The Art of Waves... In Clark Little's spectacular shorebreak photography, he takes you directly inside a wave so you can witness firsthand its power and its beauty."
–Digital Photo Pro Magazine
"Clark Little is in love with the sea. The images in the book are from the dreams of every surfer on the planet."
"In a stunning newly released coffee table book, surfer and award-winning photographer Clark Little shares a rare perspective of waves."
–Western Art & Architecture
"Check out Hawaii photographer Clark Little's new book from Ten Speed Press... features more than 150 transporting photos of waves and ocean life – from Hawaii, Southern California, French Polynesia, Tonga and the Galapagos"
"Stunning ocean photography… The Art of Waves presents a dreamy kaleidoscope of more than 150 images shot from inside and above breaking waves."
"Trust me, you want to check it out. This will be the pièce de résistance of your coffee table books. "
–The Weather Channel
"The Art of Waves brings together [Clark Little's] most remarkable work to date... a unique glimpse into a world most of us only experience from the safety of the shoreline."
"This gorgeous hardcover book is a rare study of waves for the water lovers, surfers, nature seekers, art enthusiasts and tropical island travelers around the world. In 240 pages, Little takes the reader through a dynamic vision quest of his deep, colorful, frozen-in-motion wave photography."
"[Clark Little's] images in The Art of Waves are simply stunning, and will appeal to surfers and landlubbers alike... this is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the beauty and majesty of the sea."
"Captures the fascination, greatness, and strength of the sea. Recommended to those who want to 'feel' the ocean."
–Sotokoto Magazine (Japan)
"I can truly say that this is one of those 'must get' books for any surfer or any lover of the ocean, and it’s beauty and moods. It is going into prime position on my coffee table."
–Orange County Register
Where to Order the Book
Clark Little: The Art of Waves was released worldwide on April 5, 2022 (Australia & NZ April 22).
A partial list of US and international bookstores and online retailers are listed below.