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Friday, March 18, 2011

Locals Only

Dogtown, Z-Boys skateboarders, locals only, Hugh Holland, Los Angeles
Locals Only
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.

Dogtown, Z-Boys skateboarders, locals only, Hugh Holland, Los Angeles
Locals Only
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.

Holland’s skateboard photographs were first shown at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles in 2006. Following the success of the show, his work has been shown in Paris and New York City and used in American Apparel publicity campaigns. Holland resides in Los Angeles.

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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Friday, March 18, 2011 

Anonymous Chris Eggers said...

Hi Xavier,

thanks for this post and the props! I appreciate it!
The last pic is my friend Georg Kube, not Markus, if you can correct that. Thanks again and greets from rainy Germany.

March 19, 2011 at 1:55 AM  

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