Counter culture has long been the realm of photographers to document. It may seem strange to us now, but once skateboarding was thought of as ‘counter culture’ and only practised inside small, territorial groups.
The most famous of these groups include the Z-boys and Dogtown skateboarders, hailing from California. The image of tanned bodies, sun splashed blonde hair and a ‘devil may care’ attitude is synonymous with California skaters of the 1970’s. But who captured and popularised this image? Hugh Holland.
Coinciding at Blender Gallery in Paddington are two special events. From the June 4, Hugh Holland’s famous photographs will be on display for the first time in Australia, with the opportunity to purchase said works. Along with the exhibition, Holland’s latest book Locals Only: Californian Skateboarding 1975-78 will be launched with a very special signing and Q&A opportunity With Holland himself on Saturday June 6.
Hugh Holland’s work is instantly recognisable and has had an enormous influence on street and pop culture. Often imitated but never equalled, his work gives the viewer the opportunity to experience what’s its like to be there at the beginning of a movement. (BM)
June 4 – August 1. Blender Gallery, 16 Elizabeth Street, Paddington 2021. (Closed Sundays and Mondays.)