Jeff Johnson + Patagonia
Jeff Johnson + Patagonia


Native Californian photographer, surfer and climber

Jeff Johnson is soft spoken, rugged and very manly. If you happen to see him, he's probably barefoot and grinning with a Leica camera in hand. He's a surfer, photographer, writer and climber. Often recognized from his lead role the film, 180º South, Conquerors of the Useless, a film by Farm League and Patagonia.
Originally from California, Johnson is great friends with and practically one the Malloy Brothers [Chris, Dan and Keith] who happen to be the adventuring sort who make films, surf, take photos & direct things.

I first came across Johnson while watching 180º South on my bedroom floor. I was instantaneously captivated by his soothing voice and his story. From that moment on, I was hooked. We met back in 2012 during a Patagonia shoot with Kim Diggs. He's been a kind mentor and has always been willing to lend a helping hand to my projects and causes. This little interview is a shout out to Mr. Johnson: keep livin', keep photographing and keep being your wonderful, true self. The world adores you, thank you for everything.

Interview + photo by Sharleen Rydie/ London Red


5 Words to describe yourself:
"Compassionate, passionate, respectful, eclectic, busy."

Current Occupation:
"Photographer, author, creative consultant."

Excitement of the moment:
"My wife, my Leica Monochrom camera, possibilities."

Average Day for you:
"Wake up at 5 AM, make coffee and read/write, hug my wife a few times when she wakes up, walk our dog, work, surf if there are waves, climb if I'm near any climbing, make sure my bare feet touch the ground at least once a day."

Place you go to relax:
"Yosemite Valley, Joshua Tree, Hawaii, on the floor in our living room."


Jeff's work can be found in:
Surfer Magazine
Outside Magazine
The Surfers Journal
Wall Street Journal
Patagonia Online

Take a peek at his work.