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Leroy Grannis: Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s Hardcover – March 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; New edition edition (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 382284859X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822848593
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 10.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""When you've just survived a four-hour session fighting off wave-hungry groms at com-heavy 56th Street, this big book of photos from a simpler time is the perfect remedy. Grannis, a member of the Surfing Hall of Fame, took some of the most iconic pictures of the pivotal '60s to '70s era. '...most of all, gorgeous.""

From the Publisher

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 free-spirited nature of an era--a time before shortboards and celebrity endorsements, when surfing was at its bronzed best.

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Buy the book, put it on your coffee table, have some friends over and discuss.
R. Douglass
Leroy Grannis was one of the surfing world's most superb photographers and had been a surfer since the 1930s.
Jon S.
I grew up on Tourmaline street in Pacific Beach and this book takes me back to another time.
J. Lees

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wave Hog on May 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It depends on what you're looking for. Yes there are many pages of nice photos of SoCal 1960s beach culture, and lots of pages are taken up with the surfmag ads Grannis shot, for boards and boardshorts. But I was hoping for and expected the majority of the photos to be of SURFING! There are surf photos but not enough. Plus I was expecting to see certain awesome photos Grannis took, Johnnie Fain in a radical bottom turn at overhead Malibu, Dora hanging five, Butch Van Artsdalen flying down a bitchin' big Pipeline wall on a longboard; classic stuff and the very best of Grannis. Unfortunately not a single one of those shots are in the book. They ARE available on his website, for sale in collections of 9 for the absurd price of between $3000 and $7000!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Lees on May 13, 2009
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When I see the book on the coffee table it will always remind me of the days spent windsurfing with Leroy and talking about photography and surfing. I grew up on Tourmaline street in Pacific Beach and this book takes me back to another time. It's a historical document that is appreciated by geezer surfers like myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jon S. on October 3, 2011
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Leroy Grannis was one of the surfing world's most superb photographers and had been a surfer since the 1930s. He recently died in CA at the age of 93. His images are crisp, clear and colourful. More importantly they evoke nostalgia for an innocent era, a time when surfing was pure fun, less commericalized, and less competitive than today. Even when there were competitions they were more for love of the sport than for big cash purses and TV celebrity appearances. Grannis' work is worth every penny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
LEROY GRANNIS: SURF PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE 1960S AND 1970S includes an essay by Steve Barilotti as it provides surfers and surf-oriented collections with a lavish, oversized production blending black and white and color photos celebrating surf photography. The photos of surfers, waves and close-ups make for a fine presentation highly recommended presentation perfect for any sports or photography holding!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa Sweeney on November 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This was a gift for my husband. He LOVED IT! It had great pictures of surfing throughout the years. It was neat to take a look back in time. I am going to purchase another book for my brother, who is also an avid surfer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Arnold on January 18, 2009
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My husband is a surfer and I got him this book, he looks at it all the time. He said that these pictures are the best he has ever seen of the old surf boards
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MEL Haxton on March 12, 2011
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Awesome trip down memory lane, and was able to receive it before Leroy passed and got his sig! THanks, Grannie!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Sutro on July 6, 2007
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LeRoy Grannis is the Master of California and Hawaii's burgeoning surf culture. His photographs become your eyes in the critical moment, whether in the water or on the beach. Grannis found the action, as if nobody knew he was there. Every surfer should own this beautiful book...a treasure of surfing's greatest moments !!
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