Hugh Holland

Hugh Holland captured some of the most enduring and beautiful photographs of the birth of modern skateboarding. Between 1975 and 1978 he documented the moment bored surfers took a children's toy and used the banks of closed high schools, empty swimming pools and canyon roads to emulate riding waves. Whilst Glen E. Friedman and Craig Stecyk pioneered the punk attitude of Dogtown, Holland's photos offer a very different aesthetic. Cinematic and graceful they also capture the youthful innocence of the first skate rats.