patrick trefz | About
PATRICK TREFZ LIVES AND WORKS IN SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA. HE IS A DIRECTOR, PRODUCER AND PHOTOGRAPHER AND IS WIDELY ACCLAIMED FOR THREE FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILMS, THREAD (2007), IDIOSYNCRASIES (2010), AND SURFERS’ BLOOD (2016). HE HAS DIRECTED MULTIPLE MUSIC VIDEOS, COMMERCIALS, AND SHORTS. AS A PHOTOGRAPHER, HIS WORK HAS APPEARED IN PUBLICATIONS INCLUDING SURFER, BIG, GEO AND THE NEW YORK TIMES. HE IS THE AUTHOR OF SANTA CRUZ: VISIONS OF SURF CITY (SOLIDPUBLISHING, 2002), THREAD (POWERHOUSE, 2009), AND SURFERS’ BLOOD (POWERHOUSE BOOKS, 2012).
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History and Experience

Patrick Trefz is an award-winning art, documentary, and action photographer-filmmaker. He has directed the feature films Thread (2007), Idiosyncrasies (2010) and SURFERS’ BLOOD (2016), as well as various shorts, music videos, and other independent projects. His photography has been featured nationally and internationally in publications such as Surfer, Big, Geo, and The New York Times. He is the author of Santa Cruz: Visions of Surf City (Solid Publishing, 2002), Thread (powerHouse Books, 2009), and SURFERS’ BLOOD (powerHouse Books, 2012).
Patrick lives in Santa Cruz, California. He is working on his major forthcoming production, a documentary film about Jim Denevan’s Outstanding in the Field

Work Philosophy

Growing up in Dusseldorf Bilk close to the train station, we had a small basement apartment with a warehouse next to it, my bed was in the photo studio, as clients come we hid all my toys…my dad was a commercial photographer

Atention to Details

 

Later living in Montmartre, Paris, at that point my dad had a big studio, shooting for Vogue France. I’d dress up a clochard  or Adam Ant and we’d do impromptu photo shoots. At some point I was starring in a Mercedes ad shoot as a character from star wars (Threepio), we drove out to Brittany where the brand new car got stuck in the low tide zone and we had to get it towed out, it was quiet a mess

By Rusty Long, Professional Surfer

Trefz is a chameleon in the form of a simple human. He can roll however he needs to roll to adapt to the changing of events in front of him with great ease and flow. Five days of gritty Baja camping straight into New York’s art world was the last time we hung out. All with his one standard bag and a quick stop at home to change a few clothing items and grab a couple more rolls of film for the Rolleiflex he’s had forever. I think as you go on in life, you are drawn to those friends who move at a similar pace to you, enjoy similar things, and for whom you have mutual respect and appreciation. Those types of people are the ones you end up putting your signature on the world with. We’ve had many great travels over the 12 years we’ve been friends, spanning from Rapa Nui to remote Baja, and plain and simple,

Part of being a chameleon is the skill of invisibility. Trefz has a way of being totally neutral and non-intrusive, yet present, among the things he’s documenting, which is why his images exude truth. It’s also a reason I believe he’s cultivated the trust of the very talented, eclectic group of people he chooses to document — or those who choose him as documenter to accurately convey their approach to the world. A lot of people take pictures in this surf world, but few do so with the deft or depth of Trefz. His work captivates the visual senses, but also has a way of telling a much deeper story than what is visibly there. Stuff that stirs more emotion and provokes more thought and is real. Far from the fallacious, mass-produced, posed shit that’s often churned out in the surf world. He keeps true to what inspires him intellectually and visually, and applies his vision and the many documentary mechanisms he’s mastered, to create simulations of the way he sees the world.

Surfers’ Blood is a peek into this world of Trefz.