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24.11.2010

 

GoSee Tip : True Skater Legends - Hugh Holland's new 'Locals Only' book and exhibition at M+B Gallery, Los Angeles

Skaters. Most of them on the board think they are cooler than the rest, who in turn also think the same. They are either more 'old school', or 'back to the roots', maybe active much longer, or their grinding skills are much slicker. But even they will catch their breaths when they see Hugh Holland’s photos.

He photographed the first skaters in the middle of the 70s, gathering in legendary L.A., when it was more of a cultural movement, rebellious teenagers and not about sponsoring, extreme sport and viral Youtube videos, measuring campaign affinity and peer group analysis through numbers of hits and visits.

The photographer worked from an insider's position, he photographer the long-haired skaters while skating in sewage canals and empty pools in Venice, Orange County and at the Brentwood’s Kenter Canyon elementary school.

Back in the days, the boys experienced a two-fold lucky turn in South California: The invention of synthetic wheels and the prolonged drought which made more than one pool dry out. Those times were the inspiration for many books, songs, documentaries, films and gave birth to legends to be Stacy Peralta and Jay Adams.

Hugh Holland photographed during late afternoons and used the warm light. However, to him it was never about the sport itself. He was looking to capture a generation that discovered its personal identity amidst this cultural phenomenon.

The photographer was born in 1942 and discovered photography during a stay in Spain. He witnessed a bunch of skaters in 1975 at Laurel Canyon and knew what his subject would be for the next few years.

M+B Gallery in Los Angeles will be showing Holland's picture series 'Locals Only' until the 4th of December.

‘Locals Only’ the accompanying book will be simultaneously published by AMMO Books – a comfort for those of us that can’t make it to the exhibition.


Hugh Holland – Locals Only
M+B
612 North Almont Drive
Los Angeles
USA

Until 4th of December 2010
Tue – Sat, 10am – 6pm

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only

M+B : Hugh Holland - Locals Only