Currently running at M+B Gallery in LA is 'Locals Only' - a great exhibition of photography taken in the 70s by Hugh Holland which captures the burgeoning skate culture.
It's on view until the 4th of December, and accompanied by a soon to be published monograph; also called Locals Only and published by AMMO Books.
Interestingly, unlike most photographers capturing the craze, Holland’s photographs were never about the sport.
Holland shot with old colour negative movie film, rendering his images in warm, soft tones that were in complete contrast to the sharp, crisp chromes that the majority of skate photographers were using at the time.
Beyond the bodies in motion, Holland captures beautifully intimate portraits of the young boys sitting under the trees waiting their turn, resting by the chain link fence at Kenter or in peaceful contemplation after a long day of riding.
Holland primarily shot his subjects in the late afternoon, bathing his models and settings with an effervescent, glistening quality.
They are, in essence, photographs of a generation of boys discovering their identity amidst the backdrop of cultural phenomena that shaped a generation.