Locals Only by Hugh Holland

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84 pages.
Ammo Books 2012. ISBN 978-193442983-9

In the 1970s Hugh Holland epitomised being in the "right place, right time" when as an enthusiastic amateur photographer he first saw kids skating the long winding roads of Laurel Canyon. Over the course of the next 3 years he amassed a huge body of photographs. Thirty something years later these emerged as the now classic book Locals Only.

Locals Only has earned its reputation as the authentic 1970s skateboard book. Whilst Dogtown and Z-Boys, Craig Stecyk III and Glen E. Friedman, and their subsequent books were a revolutionary future shock, Holland's Locals Only is a true documentary. Drenched in Southern California sunshine and laid-back Seventies nostalgia.

Neither a professional photographer nor a skateboarder, Hugh Holland captured some of the most enduring and beautiful photographs of the birth of modern skateboarding. Only active between 1975 and 1978, he documented the exact moment bored surfers took a children's toy and used the banks of closed high schools, empty swimming pools and the canyon roads of LA County to emulate surfing waves. Whilst Glen E. Friedman and Craig Stecyk pioneered the aggressive punk attitude of Dogtown, Holland's photos offer a very different aesthetic, cinematic and graceful but also capturing the youthful innocence of the very first skate rats.

Read "Hugh Holland and the Unsung Heroes of the Hollywood Hills" on The Golden Rays Blog

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