Imperial Beach

Surf photo pioneer is using his talents for broader benefit

Surf photo pioneer is using his talents for broader benefit

The lifetime Aaron Chang has spent in the surf-break can be measured in magazine covers and the innumerable accolades won over his storied career as a genre-defining photographer. It can also be measured by the scar tissue that plagues his sinuses.

“I’ve had so many sinus infections, ear infections, eye infections. And I’ve talked to surfers with the strangest diseases ever,” Chang said recently at his Solana Beach gallery. “What’s the common denominator? The ocean.”

So when more than 200 million gallons of raw sewage from the Tijuana River Valley poured into the Pacific earlier this year, the indignity felt deeply personal — even more so as the toxic plume spread north and...

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