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Leroy Grannis: Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s

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At a time when surfing is more popular than ever, it's fitting to look back at the years that brought the sport into the mainstream. Developed by Hawaiian islanders over five centuries ago, surfing began to peak on the mainland in the 1950s, taking America?and the world?by storm. Surfing became not just a sport, but a way of life, and the culture that surrounded it was adm ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Taschen (first published May 1st 2006)
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D.R. Haney
LeRoy Grannis, a pioneer surf photographer, died at the age of ninety-three earlier this year. This link displays some of his work (including a shot of the legendary Miki Dora at 0:39):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dv3aV...

And here's another:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1fPs9...

Grannis got a late start. He didn't take up photography, which he did as a hobby to relieve the stress of working at Pacific Bell, until he was in his forties. He couldn't have chosen a more fortuitous moment: surf
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James
Jan 26, 2008 James rated it it was amazing
And now for something completely different...

This is one of the few coffee table books that can give you a rush of adrenalin just by flipping the page.

Leroy Grannis may not have been the sole architect of the late twentieth century surfing culture phenomenon, but he certainly was among the dozen or so people that projected the image of surfing beyond the enthusiasts to almost every nook and cranny of our globe. Kids in Omaha bought surfing-styled duds, listened to surfing music, and went to som
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Felix Hayman
May 18, 2011 Felix Hayman rated it it was amazing
If you grew up in the 1960's near a beach and surfed then you have seen many of these photos in surf magazines and wondered how, why and when these were taken.Leroy Grannis was an enigma, not just in his everyday looking at the surfing world but as a person.In the 1980's he disappeared and has never been seen since. What a sad ending to a man who could take photographs better than his peers, or those who followed him.if you are a surf photographer get this book and learn from it.If you are, like ...more
Thom Britten
Jan 22, 2015 Thom Britten rated it really liked it
Before reading this book I didn't know too much about him or his work. Previously I've seen photos that I didn't know we're his. There are some great iconic pictures and some stories within, nothing to heavy wish it was a little deeper with story and some of his other pics. It seemed like a grab bag of his pics instead of a heavily curated selection.
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