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LeRoy Grannis: Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s (25) [Hardcover]

Steve Barilotti , Jim Heimann , LeRoy Grannis
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1 Oct 2010 25
At a time when surfing is more popular than ever, it's fitting to look back at the years that brought the sport into the mainstream. Developed by Hawaiian islanders over five centuries ago, surfing began to peak on the mainland in the 1950s - becoming not just a sport, but a way of life, admired and exported across the globe. One of the key image-makers from that period is LeRoy Grannis, a surfer since 1931, who began photographing the scene in California and Hawaii in the longboard era of the early 1960s. First published in a limited edition, which sold out instantly on publication, this new edition showcases Grannis' most vibrant work-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. He also covered the 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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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; 25 Anv edition (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836523973
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836523974
  • Product Dimensions: 31.5 x 3 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Grannis' [...] book has the effect of a time capsule, bringing back an era that continues to resonate for us in shades of Technicolor and black and white." - Los Angeles Times Book Review "When most surf photographers were shooting from the beach with telephoto lenses, LeRoy Grannis was living the sport. His action shots capture the kinetic exhilaration of the waves." - Men's Health, New York"

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LeRoy Grannis's initial foray into surfing began at age 14, but it wasn't until the age of 42 that he picked up a camera and made a career out of it. Under doctor's orders to take up a hobby, Grannis built a darkroom in his garage and began shooting surfers at Hermosa Beach, and "Photo: Grannis" quickly became a hallmark of the California surf scene of the 1960s. Grannis is considered one of the most important documentarians of the sport, and was inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame in 1966. Over the past decade working as Surfer magazine's globe-roaming editor at large, photojournalist Steve Barilotti has made it his business to document the sport, art, and lore of surfing. He has also written for The Perfect Day and books by renowned surf photographers Art Brewer and Ted Grambeau. Cultural anthropologist and graphic design historian Jim Heimann is Executive Editor for TASCHEN America, and author of numerous books on architecture, pop culture, and the history of the West Coast, Los Angeles, and Hollywood. His unrivaled private collection of ephemera has been featured in museum exhibitions around the world and dozens of books.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Golden Age preserved 27 Dec 2008
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Leroy Grannis was the universally acknowledged God of surfing photography for decades. Still surfing himself well into his 80s, he had a surfer's eye for what makes a great picture. A recent exhibition in Camden was a revelation to me and it has been a wonderful experience to revisit many of those fabulous pictures in this large-format book. There is a brief introductory essay by Steve Barilotti, which gives a workmanlike biography (and is repeated in German and French translation). I would have loved a little more about Grannis and his working methods as well as background to the provenance of the individual photos. (Hence four stars).
So... the photos are the main point. If you saw the wonderful film documentary "Riding with Giants" then you will find many familiar faces and images from the first half of that film. It's easy to dismiss these as cliches, without realising that they are only cliches now because Grannis's original photographs were iconic. These wonderful photographs are technically marvellous in themselves but they also open a window into a lost age. (Perhaps it is the feeling of revisiting my own childhood West-country holidays that gives these images such a powerful emotional cast?) This book is a time machine in which Grannis captured an era that has long since disappeared and whose innocence and simple hedonism are long vanished. This book was bought for my son, a keen surfer, and he loves it for the obvious reasons. For us oldies there is a nostalgic overlay to the whole experience but in either case the pictures are just fabulous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for pure surf enthusiasts 8 Feb 2011
No sponsorship, no money, no leash - an amazing photographic record of surfing in its heyday - big boards, big waves and big personalities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surfers paradise 29 Oct 2013
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Recommended by a friend. Was so hard to get a copy as is gone for ?reprint. Fantastic, gorgeous photography which captures surfing at its best, beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beach boys here we come! 2 Jan 2013
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Such a great book and the pictures are fab. You can almost hear the Beach Boys in the background! A must for your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure nostalgia 14 Feb 2012
Been there, was that, enjoyed the view, remembered the names, surfed the same waves, wore the clothes, had the long-boards, shot the curl, hung ten, faded.
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