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    LOCALS ONLY

    Published by Ammo Books, Pasadena CA

    • LOCALS ONLY
      by Hugh Holland


      One afternoon in 1975, a young photographer named Hugh Holland drove up Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Los Angeles and encountered skateboarders carving up the drainage ditches along the side of the canyon.

      Immediately transfixed by their grace and athleticism, he knew he had found an amazing subject. Although not a skateboarder himself, for the next three years Holland never tired of documenting skateboarders surfing the streets of Los Angeles, parts of the San Fernando Valley, Venice Beach, and as far away as San Francisco and Baja California, Mexico.

      During the mid-1970s, Southern California was experiencing a serious drought, leaving an abundance of empty swimming pools available for trespassing skateboarders to practice their tricks. From these suburban backyard haunts to the asphalt streets that connected them, this was the place that created the legendary Dogtown and Z-Boys skateboarders. With their requisite bleached blonde hair, tanned bodies, tube socks and Vans, these young outsiders are masterfully captured against a sometimes harsh but always sunny Southern California landscape in LOCALS ONLY.

      "'Locals Only' is a celebration of youth. Muscles, wiry bodies, long, tangled hair. A kid might have been in one of the most awkward stages of adolescence, but when he was sailing around an empty pool, Holland reminds us, he was something else entirely. He was perfection."Los Angeles Times
      "Hugh Holland immortalized the brash riders with his camera. The book may be a snapshot of an era long passed, but the photos of young skaters in long haircuts and Vans feel as timely as ever."ESPN Magazine

      American photographer Hugh Holland captured the beauty and grace of the burgeoning skateboarding scene in Southern California during the 1970’s. From the hills of Laurel Canyon to emptied drought-stricken pools and the sidewalks of Venice, Holland’s work is an important time capsule of this youth driven movement. In 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles included his work in a survey of graffiti and street art in a group exhibition called “Art in the Streets.” Holland lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.


      AMMO Books publishes provocative, one-of-a-kind titles on the visual arts and pop culture. With a focus on great design, thoughtful writing, and exquisite printing, they celebrate the work of unique designers, photographers, illustrators, and artists.

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      • Hardcover
      •  8.5 x 11 inches | 84 pages
      • Ammo Books/Publishers
      • Made in USA

       

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