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REVIEW: Locals Only by Hugh Holland


One afternoon in 1975, a young photographer named Hugh Holland drove up Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Los Angeles and encountered skateboarders carving up the drainage ditches along the side of the canyon. Immediately transfixed by their grace and athleticism, he knew he had found an amazing subject. Although not a skateboarder himself, for the next three years Holland never tired of documenting skateboarders surfing the streets of Los Angeles, parts of the San Fernando Valley, Venice Beach, and as far away as San Francisco and Baja California, Mexico.  During the mid-1970s, Southern California was experiencing a serious drought, leaving an abundance of empty swimming pools available for trespassing skateboarders to practice their tricks. From these suburban backyard haunts to the asphalt streets that connected them, this was the place that created the legendary Dogtown and Z-Boys skateboarders. With their requisite bleached blonde hair, tanned bodies, tube socks and Vans, these young outsiders are masterfully captured against a sometimes harsh but always sunny Southern California landscape in LOCALS ONLY. LOCALS ONLY features more than 120 large-format color images plus a Q+A format interview with the artist.

About the Author

Hugh Holland began photographing skateboarders in southern California in 1975. His series of skateboard photographs was first shown at M+B Gallery in Los Angeles in 2006. Following the success of the show, his work has been shown in Paris and New York City, and fashion trendsetters such as American Apparel have used Holland's skateboarding images in their publicity campaigns. Holland resides in Los Angeles.


  • Hardcover: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Ammo Books (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781934429471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429471

This is a wonderful book that truly captures that magical period that existed only in Southern California in the mid 1970's.  I grew up during this time period and my brother had used my skates to make his own skateboard, so I witnessed many similar pictures growing up. This is just a classic look at what made the skateboarding culture so fabulous and now as the mother of a skateboarder, I can really appreciate it.  This would make the perfect gift for that cool dad in your life.

1 comment:

  1. Oh! That looks like a cool book! My ex used to make me watch the Lords of Dogtown all the time. =)

    -Amanda P
    I ventured over here from Books Blogs :)


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