Inspiration

The Kustom Photography of George Barris

I’ve long been a fan of the cars of George Barris, I’ve even been lucky enough to see a few of them in the flesh but not many people know that Barris was also a photographer. George shot not only his own cars but any that he liked the look of such or those of Larry Watson and “Big Daddy” Ed Roth. The guys at Petersen Publishing quickly recognised his talent for photography and commissioned him to shoot for Hot Rod, Car Craft and Custom Cars. Some of his popular features were his “how to” photo stories showing readers how to perform the latest Kustom tricks themselves.

Now available on DVD is a documentary where Barris himself tells the tale of how this all worked, how he came to use his Roliflex Twin Lens camera and takes a tour of some of the locations that he used for his shoots. The DVD also come with a second disc with a video of the shots for you to enjoy. The DVD is available in the UK through Graham at American Automags here. It’s worth a viewing if you are into Kustom Kulture or of you are into Photography and want to learn how Barris got his sharp magazine features.

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