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LeRoy Grannis: Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s (English, French & German Text) Hardcover – 15 Feb 2007


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  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; New edition edition (15 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 382284859X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822848593
  • Product Dimensions: 31.9 x 3.4 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,027,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The 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, Los Angeles"

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LeRoy Grannis's initial foray into surfing began at age 14 with a six-foot slab of pine, 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, selling prints for a buck apiece. His photos soon started appearing in many of the burgeoning surf magazines, 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. Jim Heimann is Executive Editor for TASCHEN America in Los Angeles and the author of numerous books on architecture, popular culture, and Hollywood history. 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. A lifelong surfer and fourth-generation California, Barilotti's passion for West Coast beach culture runs deep. His writing has also appeared in The Perfect Day and the books of renowned surf photographers Art Brewer and Ted Grambeau. Between trips, Steve lives in San Diego, California.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ian Richardson on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jodie Gee on 8 Feb. 2011
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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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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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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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By Vincent Eaton on 14 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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