Hugh Holland

Hugh Holland, a classic of the Southern California skate scene and self-taught artist began experimenting with photography in the late 1960's but didn't discover his definitive subject until his move to Los Angeles from his native Oklahoma. His colour images are exceptional in their on-going contemporary feel. Shot with a special colour film and often taken during late afternoon, everything is bathed by the soft illumination of the low-lying sun. Special attention is paid to line and form, transforming the snap shot images to appear like carefully composed film stills. These seminal images document the classic era of the early skateboard scene in California in the early 1970's, with many of the images featuring the now legendary names of the sport, such as Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta. Holland began documenting the burgeoning phenomenon in 1975 after becoming instantly captivated through a chance encounter with a group of skateboarding kids whilst driving up Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

Fervent enthusiasm for the energy of the counterculture quickly certified Holland's acceptance within the community. Every spare moment was spent capturing the everyday social interactions of groups, such as the notorious Z-boys from Santa Monica and Venice and the skaters of Kenter Canyon, Paul Revere and Brentwood.

Yan Morvan

Yan Morvan loves clear and simple stories. These photographs that evoke inevitably Easy Rider, and the feature on Hells Angels by Hunter S. Thompson. Actually, Yan Morvan is a character straight out of a book of Doctor, a real gonzo photographer. This series of portraits from 1976 of Hell's Angels speak to his incredible eye and willingness to risj himself for the perfect photo. Those who have the chance to be around him can not help but be shocked by the extreme paradox of his character. Guys who are both crazy and strict, it’s not every day that we meet them. It is this aspect of his character that allows him to be embedded among the delinquents, the out-laws and the furious of all sorts.

If you have a moment to read this truly incredible article about the extreme badassery of this photographer, it is highly recommended.

 

Barbara Wojirsch

Barbara Wojirsch designed album covers for jazz/avant record label ECM through the late 1970's and early 1980's. Her hand drawn, handmade covers stood out at the time from the highly processed, highly stylized covers being published in rock and electronic music at the time, and their individuality stands the test of time.

Vivian Maier

Piecing together Vivian Maier’s life can easily evoke Churchill’s famous quote about the vast land of Tsars and commissars that lay to the east. A person who fit the stereotypical European sensibilities of an independent liberated woman, accent and all, yet born in New York City. Someone who was intensely guarded and private, Vivian could be counted on to feistily preach her own very liberal worldview to anyone who cared to listen, or didn’t. Decidedly unmaterialistic, Vivian would come to amass a group of storage lockers stuffed to the brim with found items, art books, newspaper clippings, home films, as well as political tchotchkes and knick-knacks. Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.

Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.

A small selection of her shockingly beautiful archive of work can be viewed on her website. A fascinating short feature on the discovery of her work is worth a watch, here.

Nate Williams

Nate Williams is an illustrator with a love for hand lettering, whose work carries a truly vintage and whimsical feel. He is inspired by nature’s inventions, foreign cultures  and the questions children ask. He thinks the keys to creativity are curiosity, inspiration, play and discovery. He has worked with notable clients like Urban Outfitters, United Airlines, Microsoft, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Nick Jr. His work has been featured as OOH as well as inserted in print and broadcast.

Gary Taxali

Canadian illustrator Gary Taxali visually blends now with then. His style, inspired by vintage comics and advertising art, is repurposed with the goal of communicating the ironies and comical essence of popular culture. His work is at once alluring and endearing. Despite the vintage look, he is neither maudlin nor nostalgic. His imagery is rich in satiric verve.

Edward Colver

And now for some old school fun. California punk/skate photographer Ed Colver...the legend! Ed captured iconic moments in mid 80's and 90's hardcore music scene, immortalizing a time in Southern California's not so distant past. His bio describes: Edward has been doing photography for 33 years,  has never advertised, he does not solicit work and his phone number has always been unpublished.  Colver has not watched TV since 1979.  He lives with his wife Karin Swinney in a 1911 Craftsman House in Los Angeles.