LeRoy Grannis. Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s - Reviews (3)

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"Prima di diventare il simbolo di una generazione abbronzata e sfaccendata , il surf era lo sport nazionale delle Hawaii. Centinaia di anni fa gli Hawaiani scoprivano quanto fosse divertente cavalcare l'onda e farsi trasportare a riva in equilibrio su una tavola di legno. (...) Vivere praticamente in spiaggia, aspettando l'ispirazione per scattare oppure cavalcare l'onda! In questo prestigioso volume della TASCHEN, in edizione firmata e limitata a mille copie, vengono raccolti gli scatti di Grannis più famosi e cioè quelli realizzati a cavallo degli anni '60 e che lo hanno reso il più autorevole testimone di questo sport. In ogni caso il fotografo è ancora sulla cresta dell'onda. Letteralmente. Nonostante gli 80 anni suonati e le numerose operazioni per cancro alla pelle, potete trovarlo mentre ancora surfa a Tamarack con la sua tavola da 9'6''."— Pig Magazine, Milano, Italy
"Grannis` Fotos, nun zusammengestellt in einem gewaltigen Band, erzählen vom Alltag dieser Spaßfraktion. Da sind vor allem Leute zu sehen, die gerade nicht so viel zu tun haben: Sie lungern am Strand herum, posieren ein bisschen, warten im Wasser auf den perfekten Ritt und sind bei alldem unfassbar gutaussehend, lässig und cool."— Der Spiegel, Hamburg, Germany
"Grannis`s photography, especially from 1960 to 1965, caught surfing at a critical juncture between cult and culture. Upon first glance, his photos may evoke nostalgia for a simpler more naïve era, but closer inspection reveals that he was documenting surfing`s rapid evolution into an iconic lifestyle. His photos captured the real thing, providing a bridge between the world of Beach Boy lyrics and the reality of the Southern California beach scene. Surf language, surf music, surf art, surf media, surf fashion—all the basic elements of what are now considered essential to modern surf culture were either conceived or codified within this brief window of time. Grannis was one of the few surf photographers to swing his camera off the wave action and record it all."— ForbesLife, New York, United States
"LeRoy Grannis grew up in surf culture; born in 1917 in Hermosa Beach, he rode his first waves on an 11-foot redwood board at age 14. In late 1959, he began to photograph his fellow surfers – and in the process helped to innovate a style of art. With LeRoy Grannis: Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s, Grannis` legacy is affirmed. Published in a boxed limited edition, the book has the effect of a time capsule, bringing back an era that continues to resonate for us in shades of Technicolor and black and white."— Los Angeles Times Book Review, Los Angeles, United States
"If you think surfers are sexy now (and who doesn`t?), you should have seen them in the ‘60s and ‘70s, when the shorts were shorter, the tans tawnier and surfing was truly an all out masculine sport dominated by bad boys and rebels. LeRoy Grannis, Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s features that bronzed early era as captured by the premier documentarian of the sport. The word ‘birth` in the title of this massive collection of surf photography is apt—inside you`ll find no sponsor-coddled surf celebs or Blue Crush bombshells, but the real thing: images from the innocent early days of a sport that evolved into the multi-billion dollar, O.C.-based youth/beach culture of today."— TransWorld Surf, Los Angeles, United States
"Doctor`s orders sent LeRoy Grannis in search of a relaxing hobby. In 1959, the middle-aged air force vet and side-lined surfer from Hermosa Beach was installing switchboards for Pacific Bell and suffering from ulcers. With the help of a rubber-lined, suction-cupped, waterproof Calypso camera developed by Jacques Cousteau, Grannis got back to the beach and began documenting a South Bay surf scene that would become the subject of feature films and a nationwide teen industry. Some of his more than 30,000 images of woody wagons, grass shacks, and sandy feet appear in a new $400 coffee-table book called LeRoy Grannis: Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s, published by TASCHEN."— Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles, United States
"LeRoy Grannis, surfeur depuis 1931, est «le» photographe du bonheur de la glisse et des vagues meurtrières. Une des caractéristiques de ses clichés: coller à l`action grâce à un appareil résistant à l`eau de sa conception. Mais, surtout, exprimer l`ambiance de ce sport dans l`Amérique des années 1960. Dans l`eau et sur le sable, ces clichés d`écumeurs d`Hawaii ou de surfeurs itinérants le long de l`autoroute de la côte Pacifique filent une belle nostalgie. A déguster en compagnie d`un disque de King Crimson ou des Beach Boys."— Les Echos, Paris, France
"De la ola perfecta al drama de la caída, nadie ha sabido captar este deporte como él."— Fuera de serie, Madrid, Spain
"... las mejores imágenes del surf que la editorial TASCHEN rescata en Surf Photography of 1960`s and 1970`s, un libro en edición limitada que en la mayoría de los casos, trasciende lo que es el deporte para retratar la cultura del surf: las tablas, los coches, las chicas, las playas, el sol. Sin duda el mejor tratamiento contra el estrés, y no sólo para el fotógrafo, también para el espectador."— GQ, Madrid, Spain
"Surf Collector. TASCHEN édite un livre exceptionnel de l`un des plus éminents photographes de surf de tous les temps, Leroy Grannis. Le photographe californien qui sévissait sur les spots du monde entier dans les années 60-70 a réalisé parmi les plus beaux clichés de l`histoire du surf. Concepteur de génie, Leroy Grannis est un pionnier de la photographie de surf aquatique, grâce à un appareil qu`il avait lui-même mis au point. Les collectionneurs n`hésiteront pas à casser leur tirelire pour se procurer ce livre à un prix prohibitif, tout de même."— Beach Brother, Biarritz, France
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