Chronicle Books

Silver. Skate. Seventies. California Skateboarding 1975-1978


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In the 1970s, photographer Hugh Holland masterfully captured the burgeoning culture of skateboarding against a sometimes harsh but always sunny Southern California landscape.

This never-before-published collection showcases his black-and-white photographs that document young skateboarders sidewalk surfing off Mulholland Drive in concrete drainage ditches and empty swimming pools in a drought-ridden Southern California. From suburban backyard haunts to the asphalt streets that connected them, this was the place that inspired the legendary Dogtown and Z-Boys skateboarders.

With their requisite bleached-blond hair, tanned bodies, tube socks, and Vans, these young outsiders evoke the sometimes reckless but always exhilarating origins of skateboarding lifestyle and culture.


Hugh Holland is a Los Angeles–based photographer and author of Locals Only. He is represented by M+B Gallery in Los Angeles.


  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 160
  • Size: 9 X 12 V
  • Publication Date: 10/22/2019
  • ISBN: 9781452182056

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