Jeff Hornbaker

Shooting since 1976, visual artist, cinematographer, director and photographer Jeff Hornbaker has an unprecedented eye for beauty. 

Surfing first lead Hornbaker to water, and his camera allowed him to stay. Initially Jeff shot for pleasure, but it wasn’t long before his images caught the eyes of surf publications. Shooting for editorial allowed his explosive talent to grow and develop into what would become his signature style of brilliant colors and intriguing angles. His conceptual imagery provided the keystone formulas for the evolution of surfing publications to this day.

As the surf culture shifted from a rebellious indulgence to an ocean lifestyle choice, Jeff was a primary influence in shaping the creative direction for early surf brands like Rip Curl, OP, O’Neill , Arnett and many more. It was the beginning of a career that would take him around the world for some of the biggest labels to come. Hornbaker would go on to develop the visual style for premier international surf culture brands Quiksilver and Roxy for two + decades. He became renown as the pioneer to shoot fashion and portraiture below water. It was this groundbreaking work that lead the way, and soon underwater realms became a natural “studio” for all photographers who followed his genre.

Jeff’s entire life and business still center around a lifestyle above and below the water. Since his humble beginnings, and throughout 38 years of world travels – Jeff remains a leader at the very top of the field in surf, fashion , ocean action, culture , character and exploration adventure.

Working with Jeff you will not only get a unique image selection, but a new perception of the world to which you’ll return.


Come Hell or High Water – Documentary
Directed by Keith Malloy - 2011 – Woodshed Films Inc.
Cinematography by Jeff Hornbaker, David Homcy and Scott Soens
Best Cinematography 
2011 New York Surf Film Festival 
2011 London Surf Film Festival 
2011 Surfer Poll Awards

Water Man - Documentary
Directed & filmed by Jeff Hornbaker, Don King & Sonny Miller
2008 – Bam Man Films

All Aboard the Crazy Train – Documentary
Directed by Don King & Sonny Miller - 2005 – Bam Man Films
Cinematography by Don King, Sonny Miller, Jeff Hornbaker, Mike Prickett, David Homcy
Best Cinematography
2006 X-Dance Film Festival

Globus the Meaning of Light – Ambient Film – 60 minutes
Written, directed & filmed by Jeff Hornbaker 
With contribution by Albert Falzon
2002 – Third Eye Productions

Next Wave – TV series – Documentary
Jeff Hornbaker – Cinematography crew – 8 episodes
2001 – National Geographic Television

No Destination - Documentary
Written, directed & filmed by Don King & Jeff Hornbaker
1997 – Third Eye Productions

The Hole - Documentary
Written, directed & filmed by Don King & Jeff Hornbaker
1996 – Third Eye Productions

Directed by Albert Falzon - 1996 – Quiksilver Production
Cinematography by Jeff Hornbaker

Strange Desires – a Martin Potter Documentary
Written, directed & filmed by Jeff Hornbaker
1990 – Gotcha Production


Apple , Quiksilver , Roxy , Yamaha , Honda , Pelican , National Geographic , Sports Illustrated ,
Patagonia , Miguelina , Fit Systems , Red Bull, Waterman, +++


Canon digital 35mm cameras
Canon glass 15mm to 800mm
Red Dragon 6K with Zeiss superspeeds
Cinedrive 4 axis motion control, sliders
Profoto lights and HMI's
Water Housings for Dive and Extreme sports / Canon, Red, Panasonic
Graflex, Ebony 4x5 film vintage cameras
Arri Super35 film package Photosonic hi-speed 35
Grip, Etc.

For a complete list of equipment, please contact Jeff