Hugh Holland

Hugh Holland started towards his career in photography in the late 1960’s. He is a self taught artist who experiments with photography. It was at the age of 32 when he began to notice a serge in the number of skateboarders around California he decided to use all his spare money on film and start capturing documenting them. Hollands work beautifully documents the beginning of the skateboarding scene in 1970’s California. In an interview Hollands descried the skating culture to be “center of everything” in California. He managed to capture some of the most legendary names in the sport, such as Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta.

By using a specific colour film and often shooing his work in the late evening sun, Holland is able to maintain a contemporary feel throughout all his images. He produces carefully composed image and you can see the pure attention he has paid to the line and form. His work was among the first of its kind to capture the fashion, style and personality of skaters.

Hugh Holland created an enigma to the sport, the skate community quickly accepted him and he spent all his free time producing his work. He later went on to producing a book full of his work entitled ‘locals only’. Holland documented the skate scene is California from it being a rebellious after school activity through to its birth as a professional sport.


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