HUGH HOLLAND: LOCALS ONLY
California Skateboarding: 1975 - 1978
October 23 – December 4, 2010
Artist’s Opening Reception and Book Signing: Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm
M+B is pleased to announce Locals Only, an exhibition of color photographs by Hugh Holland that capture the Los
Angeles skateboard revolution during the mid-Seventies from an insider’s perspective. At the nascence of a cultural
movement—before extreme sports and corporate sponsorship—Holland documented rebellious teens gliding through the
drainage bowls and emptied pools around Venice, Orange County and Brentwood’s Kenter Canyon Elementary School. The
opening reception for the artist on Saturday, October 23 from 6 to 8pm will include a book signing for Holland’s recently
published monograph of the same name by AMMO Books. The exhibition runs from October 23 to December 5, 2010.
In the mid-Seventies, two events coincided in Southern California that gave rise to skateboarding as we now know it. The
invention of the urethane wheel and the drought that emptied the pools across the city allowed the kids to ride their new
boards in an entirely new way. Skateboarders, stoners, thrashers and bad-ass kids from different neighborhoods and
backgrounds in Los Angeles began hitting the pavement after school and during the summer, creating a counter-culture that
has inspired numerous books, songs, documentaries and films. From the flatland kids skating “freestyle” to the canyon kids
going vertical and carving up drained out pools—including soon-to-be legends Stacy Peralta and Jay Adams—Hugh Holland
perfectly captured their youthful innocence and the energy of the movement.
Unlike most photographers capturing the craze, Holland’s photographs were never about the sport. Holland shot with old
color negative movie film, rendering his images in warm, soft tones that were in complete contrast to the sharp, crisp
chromes that the majority of skate photographers were using at the time. Beyond the bodies in motion, Holland captures
beautifully intimate portraits of the young boys sitting under the trees waiting their turn, resting by the chain link fence at
Kenter or in peaceful contemplation after a long day of riding. Holland primarily shot his subjects in the late afternoon,
bathing his models and settings with an effervescent, glistening quality. They are, in essence, photographs of a generation of
boys discovering their identity amidst the backdrop of cultural phenomena that shaped a generation.
Hugh Holland (b. 1942, United States) had no formal training in photography prior to picking up a camera in 1968 after
returning from a trip to Spain. He made a dark room and began shooting everything around him, particularly people. In 1975,
while driving up Laurel Canyon, he witnessed his first skateboarders in the drainage ditches along the side of the canyon.
For the next few years, he knew he found his subject, tirelessly documenting the burgeoning culture. Holland’s work was first
exhibited at M+B in 2006. Following the success of the show, the exhibition traveled to Paris, New York and England. The
artist’s forthcoming monograph Locals Only by AMMO Books is published in conjunction with his second exhibition at M+B.
Location: M+B, 612 North Almont Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Show Title: Hugh Holland: Locals Only
Exhibition Dates: October 23 – December 4, 2010
Opening Reception and Book Signing: Saturday, October 23, 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, and by appointment
For more info, please contact Shannon Richardson at M+B at (310) 550 -0050 or firstname.lastname@example.org