Duke Contest Poster by Leroy Grannis

Duke Contest Poster by Leroy Grannis

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Duke Contest Finalists, Sunset Beach 1968 by Leroy Grannis

24 by 36 inch Poster Print (approx. 61x91cm... it's big!).
Printed on acid free paper with fade resistant inks.

Each decade has given surfing a slew of era-defining imagery and if you delve into the 1960s, many of the most stunning were taken by Leroy Grannis. Born and raised in Hermosa Beach, California Grannis spent his childhood swimming and bodysurfing. As the popularity of surfing grew so did his interest in it. Between stints in the military Grannis became a firm fixture in the surf clubs of the 1940s and by 1946 had photographs printed in the book California Surfriders. From that point on his work became more and more prominent in the booming surf media, focussed on a handful of Southern California based mags. Once waterproof camera housing became the norm in the '60s Grannis became the number one name and developed a special box allowing him to reload his film in the water, whilst his peers swam in to the beach to change the film in their cameras. By the '70s his interest in surf photography waned and as he became interested in other subjects he abandoned the water altogether. Luckily though, he left an extensive legacy of beautiful images behind.

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