70s Surf Photographs by Jeff Divine

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148 pages.
T. Adler Books 2020

With a foreword by Pulitzer Prize winner William Finnegan.

According to Gerry Lopez "...surfing in the 1970s was, without doubt, the best of times" and Jeff Divine was there on the beach with his telephoto lens. Right at the point where hippie freedom crashed head-on with technical innovation and athletic prowess, Jeff was shooting endless rolls of both colour and black & white film. The photos collected here document what was happening on the shores of Hawaii, California and Mexico and feature a definitive who's who of 70s surfing royalty. 

Growing up in the sundrenched beach town of La Jolla, California in a family full of artists and musicians it was only natural that once the surf bug bit Jeff Divine in the 60s he would pick up a camera and start shooting his friends. By 1971 he was a staff photographer at Surfer Magazine and in the same year he took the first of what would become annual pilgrimages to the North Shore of Oahu. As the quest for exotic and far flung waves blossom, Jeff was there, one of the first photographers in what are now the world's most iconic surf spots. He's been photo editor at both Surfer Magazine and The Surfer's Journal, has put out too many books of his work to list and had museum and gallery exhibitions across the world. Whether the 70s, 80s or 90s, Jeff Divine is responsible for many of the most famous surfing photographs of the past 50 years.

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