Living in Michigan, our direct exposure to surfing and surf culture is somewhat limited. Nontheless I have always been drawn to the imagery and broad cultural impact of this “sport of kings”. If you are too, or even if you are just mildly curious, there is no better place to get a sense of the origins of the sport’s popularity and its visual charm than through the camera lens of Leroy Grannis. Leroy Grannis: surf photography of the 1960s and 1970s beautifully showcasing the laidback style and rebellious outlook that would eventually garner corporate sponsorship and worldwide exposure. Affectionately known as the godfather of surf photography, Grannis (who died earlier this year at the age of 93) skillfully captures all of the natural beauty and grace of surfing, and was responsible for some of the first images of the, uniquely Californian, free spirit attitude and style that would take surfing well beyond the beach’s of Southern California.
Leroy Grannis : surf photography of the 1960s and 1970s