Stoner, Ron

Gifted but troubled 1960s surf photographer from Dana Point, California; best known for his well-composed, color-saturated images of Southern California, Mexico, and Hawaii. Stoner was born (1944) in Long Beach, California, raised in Pasadena, and began surfing at 14, just before he started taking photographs. He was a masthead photographer at Surfing Illustrated magazine in 1963 at age 17, jumped to Surf Guide magazine in mid-1964, then moved to Surfer a few months later.

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