Josef Hoflehner’s seascapes and beach photography capture the simultaneous drama and serenity of the ocean. In “Surfers, La Jolla,” Hoflehner’s washed out colors and early-morning sun project a tranquility amidst the Pacific’s pummeling waves. The surfers appear as specks in the ocean, waves cresting above them and the sea extending far beyond.

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Josef Hoflehner (Austrian, b. 1955) is a photographer known for documenting secluded sites in places as diverse as Antarctica, Vietnam, China, Japan, Yemen, and Iceland. He is best known for his “Jet Airliner” project, a series of high-key, low-tonal contrast photographs, where he discovered surreal beach landscapes near international airports. Through his works, Hoeflehner’s offers a legible and linked dichotomy between the natural and the man-made, creating a mythical interpretation of our immediate spaces.

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Surfers, La Jolla, 2015
Lot Number 4
Archival pigment print
44 x 57 in (111.76 x 144.78 cm)
Edition of 9
Signed on label

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Josef Hoflehner
Surfers, La Jolla
  • Dimensions
    44 x 57 in (111.76 x 144.78 cm)