Reviews of One

“surfer/photographer joe curren’s first photo book collects together his most treasured images from destinations like Ireland, Taiwan, and West Africa. A true natural, Curren evokes the raw feeling of searching for waves, beauty and humanity”

–surfing magazine

“if joe curren could photograph himself surfing, you would have the complete package. Stylish in all respects, Joe is equal parts surfer, photographer, traveler and writer.”

–surfer magazine

“joe’s reliving the whole essence. He’s beeen good about showing the best side of things. It’s almost a little tortuous in some sense because you wish you were doing it or being a part of it. Everyone thinks they’re a poet or an artist and it’s not really that way. That’s where it’s nice [Joe’s work]—it comes from a humble presence. Joe doesn’t say anything he just goes about and does it. That speaks louder to me than anything.”

–art brewer, photographer

rather than a blinkered rush to the beach, Joe’s trips often veer far off the coast to some esoteric backroads that may or may not result in a great wave but always create an emotional connection. He captures the primal stoke together with the inherent solitude and occasional isolation that comes from constantly searching out the remote ragged edges of our watery planet. Harkening back to the travelogue exhibitions of Burton Holmes, Curren offers “a beautiful way around the world” through a generous viewfinder.

–steve barilotti, field editor, surfer magazine

“joe’s photography is deft and simple like his surfing. When Curren rides a wave it’s graceful to watch and easy to enjoy like his photographs of the far off lands he has searched for peeling waves. Like his father Pat before him, Joe prefers the road less travelled. He enjoys the beauty of nature and immersing himself in it—looking for waves and taking photos are his way of doing this.”

–andrew kidman, artist

“for me, the images create a contemplative silence out of the clutter and complexity of travel. They speak of the subtle forgotten moments of life—things, people, places you see and enjoy but forget or neglect to record in journals and photos or when you return and your friends only have time for a three sentence summary. The style is cohesive yet not overbearing or formulaic, but rather inviting, calming, intriguing. The images seem to conversationally ask questions rather than provide concrete solutions. And finally, the collection does the work of the poet, telling in 10 words rather than the novelists in 10,000—reducing, simplifying and deepening, inspiring. The long and the short of it … I dig it.”

–chris orwig, faculty, brooks institute of photography