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Picture Show: 1970s SoCal Skateboarding in Hugh Holland's Locals Only

Sun-bleached cement, tawny skinned youth, and other visions of 1970s California skateboarding.

Hugh Holland started photographing skateboarders on a sunny afternoon in 1975. During the next three years, he captured the experiences of various tribes of tawny, young revolutionaries, whose lives were shaped by the sun-bleached cement of Los Angeles's sprawling suburbs—from the San Fernando Valley to Venice Beach. Ammo Books's new retrospective Locals Only examines the emergences of the 1970s brand of Southern California skateboarding through Holland's unique lens, presenting a visual history of the essence of cool.

Click through for a selection of some of our favorite images from the book.


All photos by Hugh Holland and courtesy of Ammo Books.

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