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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,837,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Great pics, wish there were more smaller pics and not as many big 2 page photo spreads. I bought it because of the cover photo under the Huntington Beach pier from my childhood. Too bad it's no longer locals only herr in HB - it'$ more like corporate only.
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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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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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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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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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I got this for my brother who grew up during this era and could've been one of these guys. It's a beautiful book, with a short interview-type introduction and fantastic large-scale images. Glad I found it.
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