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Leroy Grannis: Birth of a Culture: 60s and '70s Surf Photography Hardcover – May 11, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-3822850695 ISBN-10: 3822850691 Edition: Limited

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Limited edition (May 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822850691
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822850695
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 14.4 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,953,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr. Grannis’s pictures are most startling because the scenes they record and breaks they document are pristinely beautiful -- New York Times, New York New York Times, New York New York Times, New York New York Times, New York June 1st 2006

Woodies were the ultimate surf wagons, guys rode redwood boards, those must have been the days. -- Transworld Surf Magazine, June 2006

a 13-by-16-inch oversized beauty called LeRoy Grannis: Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s. -- San Diego Union Tribune, San Diego June 2006

From the Publisher

Collector’s edition limited to 1000 copies, numbered and signed by LeRoy Grannis. This collection, drawn from Grannis’s personal archives, showcases an impressive selection of surf photographs—from the bliss of catching the perfect wave at San Onofre to dramatic wipeouts at Oahu’s famed North Shore. An innovator in the field, Grannis suction-cupped a waterproof box to his board, enabling him to change film in the water and stay closer to the action than other photographers of the time. Equally notable is his work covering an emerging surf lifestyle, from "surfer stomps" and hoards of fans at surf contests to board-laden woody station wagons along the Pacific Coast Highway. It is in these iconic images that a sport still in its adolescence embodied the freespirited nature of an era—a time before shortboards and celebrity endorsements, when surfing was at its bronzed best.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. T. Weatherly on July 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Okay, one of a thousand signed copies. This is one of those unique slices of time that Grannis almost stumbled into. Some of the best pictures seem very matter-of-fact, there's Corky Carrol, Hobie Alter, Lance Carsen, or Greg Noll..before anyone outside surfing knew their names. Grannis captures the surfshops of the 60's, the cars and beach scenes with this snapshot, family-like, intimacy, but you know you're looking at the incubation of an industry that will never be the same. A bargain at $400, but worth much more to those of us who witnessed the transition.
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