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Locals Only: California Skateboarding 1975-1978 Hardcover – October 26, 2010

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"'Locals Only' is a celebration of youth. Muscles, wiry bodies, long, tangled hair. A kid might have been in one of the most awkward stages of adolescence, but when he was sailing around an empty pool, Holland reminds us, he was something else entirely. He was perfection." —Los Angeles Times

 "A wonderful time machine that captures a unique period of skateboard history. ... How fortunate we are that Hugh Holland was there to document a golden era." —Concrete Wave

"Sometimes, you stumble upon a photographer whose work has gone unnoticed. He has been sitting on photos shot 30 years ago; like a good stew, they've been simmering, getting juicier and juicier." —C Magazine

"Skateboards, sweatbands, streetwear and other relics of the '70s are perfectly preserved in Holland's action shots of rail-riding teens." —Time Out New York

About the Author

Hugh Holland began photographing skateboarders in southern California in 1975. His series of skateboard photographs was first shown at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles in 2006. Following the success of the show, his work has been shown in Paris and New York City, and fashion trendsetters such as American Apparel have used Holland's skateboarding images in their publicity campaigns. Holland resides in Los Angeles.

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 76 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934429473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429471
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 0.8 x 15.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jos Oliviera on December 20, 2010
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the size of the book is great, the printing awesome and the interview is useful to understand this golden period of skateboarding history. I'm not a skater or something, I'm a photographer and looking the killer book want me to know more about this world, their culture... and, I guess, the mean reason for a book is inspiration, so this one works fine... so fine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas T. Sikora on April 22, 2011
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Excellent student? Photography is amazing I love the look of real film photography makes me think of a simpler time.
Buy this book if you are into skateboarding or retro flashbacks! Lots of energy dripping from these Pages.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Xojar on April 5, 2011
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This has to be one of the best volumes of photographic work published over the last twenty years. It perfectly captures the essence of an era that we will never see again, and it does so from inside the core of that experience.

This volume conveys the philosophy of an age that, like fine wine, has become more precious over time.

Many photographers, especially in the area of sports, are distant and aloof from their subjects. Hugh Holland, on the other hand, sweeps the viewer off his feet and takes him along for the adventure with him. That is the magical aspect of his images.

In an essay I just read online today, an editorial refers to Holland's work as capturing "The Lost Art of Living". Read this to fill in all that I would have loved to have said myself:

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 22, 2011
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LOCALS ONLY is edited by Steve Crist and provides a stunning addition to photography and California collections alike. An oversized presentation comes from a young photographer who encountered skateboarders riding along Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Los Angeles. Entranced, he devoted his photography talents to capturing them: this lovely survey captures Southern California culture and youth lifestyle and provides a vivid series of color images. Any arts or California history collection needs this!
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By Mary Bookhounds VINE VOICE on April 9, 2011
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This is a wonderful book that truly captures that magical period that existed only in Southern California in the mid 1970's. I grew up during this time period and my brother had used my skates to make his own skateboard, so I witnessed many similar pictures growing up. This is just a classic look at what made the skateboarding culture so fabulous and now as the mother of a skateboarder, I can really appreciate it. This would make the perfect gift for that cool dad in your life.
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By PSP, MD on December 13, 2013
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I am a huge fan of the Southern California skate/surf culture, and this book always puts a smile on my face. The photos by Hugh Holland are iconic, and he is one of the great surf/skate photographers, and why not, documenters of a certain period in American history. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in board sports, photography in general and the Californian beach scene
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By Good_Mood_Mike on July 4, 2012
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Little bit short, but great quality pictures directly remind you of the nostalgic 70s skateboard trends. Almost makes you want to get out and skate, no matter what age, but thank goodness times have changed and we have safer equipment and shoes to work with.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Amorteguy on November 20, 2010
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You don't buy this type of book for the photos, and then again you do. What I mean is that the photo quality/expertise is not point, it's the story these photos tell. Photographically, these are marginal to good photos (explained by the photographer concerning his use of bargin cameras and film.) He was just out having fun and photographing what was to be a historical part of skate/youth culture.

At that time I was younger than the kids photographed in the book, but it is definitely something I heard about in the California lore that made it up to us in the Tacoma/Puyallup, Washington area. So, in that sense it is part of my youth as it is a part of every kid who grew up during those times. It is well worth a look by any anyone who wants to look back in time to the pre-corporate era of the Van's and O.P. shorts uniformed, outcast, skater youth; regardless of your age.
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