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LeRoy Grannis. Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s

40Edizione: Multilingue (Francese, Inglese, Tedesco)Disponibilità: Disponibile
Nuova riedizione della Collector’s Edition di LeRoy Grannis, ormai esaurita, questa raccolta mostra le sue più vivaci fotografie di surf, dall'onda perfetta di San Onofre ai drammatici wipeout della famosa North Shore di Oahu. Uno dei principali creatori di immagini nella storia del surf, Grannis copre anche lo stile di vita emergente del surf, dai "surfer stomps" e dalle orde di fan alle gare di surf alle station wagon cariche di tavole lungo la Pacific Coast Highway.
Copertina rigida6.7 x 9.4 in.3.52 lb400 pagine
LeRoy Grannis. Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s

LeRoy Grannis. Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s


Catching the Perfect Wave

America’s most important surf photographer of the ’60s and ’70s

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—becoming not just a sport, but a way of life, admired and exported across the globe. One of the key image-makers from that period is LeRoy Grannis, a surfer since 1931, who began photographing the longboard era of the early 1960s in both California and Hawaii.

This edition brings back Grannis’s hair-raising, sold-out Collector’s Edition, curated from the photographer’s personal archives, to showcase his most vibrant work in a compact and affordable format—from the bliss of catching the perfect wave at San Onofre to dramatic wipeouts at Oahu’s famed North Shore.

An innovator in the field, Grannis suction-cupped a waterproof box to his board, enabling him to change film in the water and stay closer to the action than any other photographer of the time. He also covered the emerging surf lifestyle, from “surfer stomps” and hordes of fans at surf contests to board-laden woody station wagons along the Pacific Coast Highway. It is in these iconic images that a sport still in its adolescence embodied the free-spirited nature of an era—a time before shortboards and celebrity endorsements, when surfing was at its bronzed best.
Il fotografo

LeRoy Grannis began surfing at age 14, but it wasn’t until the age of 42 that he picked up a camera and made a career out of it. Under doctor’s orders to take up a hobby, Grannis began shooting surfers at Hermosa Beach, and “Photo: Grannis” quickly became a hallmark of the California surf scene of the 1960s. Grannis is considered one of the most important documentarians of the sport and was inducted into the Surfing Hall of Fame in 1966. He died on February 3, 2011.


Over the past decade working as Surfer magazine's globe-roaming editor at large, photojournalist Steve Barilotti has made it his business to document the sport, art, and lore of surfing. He has also written for The Perfect Day and books by renowned surf photographers Art Brewer and Ted Grambeau.


Jim Heimann is the Executive Editor for TASCHEN. A cultural anthropologist, historian, and an avid collector, he has authored numerous titles on architecture, pop culture, and the history of Los Angeles and Hollywood, including TASCHEN’s Surfing, Los Angeles. Portrait of a City, California Crazy, and the All-American Ads series.

LeRoy Grannis. Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s
Copertina rigida17 x 24 cm1.60 kg400 pagine

ISBN 978-3-8365-6679-7

Edizione: Multilingue (Francese, Inglese, Tedesco)
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7 Valutazioni

Ryan S.,20 dicembre 2023
excellent archival surf photography, love the short shorts 🥵

Eher etwas für Liebhaber

Christian,27 dicembre 2021
Sehr viele Fotos, ein bisschen Hintergrundwissen. Irgendwie hat mir aber alles sehr Einseitig ausgesehen. Keine Frauen in dem Buch, außer vielleicht hier und da am Rand. Fotos auch wenig spektakulär. Ich war etwas enttäuscht.

Good vibes

Manu,2 novembre 2021
A pesar de ser un poco pequeño de tamaño el material exterilr es super chulo y el contenido genial

A great encyclopedia

Yves,28 ottobre 2021
This is the perfect book to immerse oneself into the surfing world in older times. The vintage feel is real and is a great escape to everyday's life.

What else?!

Marian,27 ottobre 2021
Vintage & Surf. What else?!? Wether you are a surfer or not, you’ll enjoy the good vibes of the photography in this cool book!

Surf photographie

Eleonore,27 ottobre 2021
Très beau livre, images d’une autre époque, remplie de charme.