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Unseen Film Fragments


Josh Bystrom

About This Project:

Gold Coast photographer Josh Bystrom is bringing history to life. Josh will use previously unseen historical footage captured by his late father, trailblazing surf filmmaker Chris Bystrom, to create a new series of short videos.

The footage captured features surfing events in the 80s and 90s – particularly Burleigh Head’s iconic Stubbies Surf Classic and Classic Kirra.

Read our interview with Josh here.

The Project Outcome:

Watch Josh’s videos below.

About the Artist:

Josh Bystrom is a Gold Coast-based photographer. He was always drawn to the ocean, as his dad was, surging and taking photos throughout his teens and into adulthood. He has formally studied photography and marketing, and his adventures have taken him photography Fiji, Indonesia, America and multiple car rallies in the Australian desert. Josh hopes to continue his photographic journey when things return back to normal, as well as keep his father’s legacy alive.


Unseen Film Fragments has been supported by HOTA, Home of the Arts through HOTA’s Artist Fund, Rage Against The V(irus). 

Want to know more about the other projects supported by the Artist Fund?  

Image credit: Photo by Sam Weir.