Will Adler (b. 1983) is an American photographer known primarily for capturing dreamy, light-infused images of California ocean landscapes, surf scenes, and beach culture. His work conveys a rare intimacy and whimsy, as well as an unmistakable sense of place.
“Santa Barbara-based photographer Will Adler has an eye for creating beautiful sharp, yet disorienting images. The photographs confuse and crop reality that asks the viewer to question the truth of the photograph and consider the manipulation of lighting and perspective that photography involves. Some are absurdly deadpan, straight photographs, while others are noticeably more intricate in their staging. Adler’s collections of photos push us back and forth, in and out of reality, all with a sly wink of humor that keeps you grinning.” – Juxtapoz Magazine (02-21-2012)
Will Adler in the Press:
Art Producers Speak:
Suzanne Sease – aPhotoEditor Magazine
We emailed Art Buyers and Art Producers around the world asking them to submit names of established photographers who were keeping it fresh and up-and-comers who they are keeping their eye on.
Anonymous Photo Editor:
I nominate Will Adler. His take on the surfing lifestyle/man on wave is unusual in our world here of surf photography…
Photographer Will Adler's Day at a New York Beach
Ben Waldron – SURFER
A couple weeks ago, surf and fashion photographer Will Adler found himself in the Big Apple on a work trip when the swell from Winter Storm Riley hit the shores of New York. He was faced with a huge dilemma: should he paddle out into Rockaway Beach closeouts on a rented fun-board or seize this historical moment and take photos of the bombing swell? Adler chose the latter and grabbed his camera..
People: Will Adler
Shea Parton – Apolis
My earliest memories of Will Adler chart all the way back to his 5th birthday. I had wanted to stay after the day’s festivities had ended in order to play with Will’s new gifts. My hopes were crushed with five-year-old Will telling me that the “party’s over, Shea.” Since that birthday, Will and I have enjoyed summers in Santa Barbra as junior lifeguards, trekked up and down the coast of California in surf contests…