Hugh Holland's New Book "Silver. Skate. Seventies." Is To Die For.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Photo Ian Logan

We have been waiting for this beautiful new book by our friend and legendary photographer, Hugh Holland, to come out since we attended his Silver. Skate. Seventies. M+B Gallery show in Los Angeles in 2017.

Unseen photographs from Hugh's archives, all in black and white, take you back to the soulful and carefree days of skateboarding in its infancy when skateboarders were exploring empty backyard pools, drainage ditches, and skateboarding through the canyon's near Los Angeles.

Photo Ian Logan

From 1974-1978 Holland captured it all, from his bird's eye view - sometimes in a van traveling with skaters, othertimes perched nearby as they carved up a backyard pool, ditch or skatepark.  It's interesting to point out, that these black and white images were taken in the very beginning, prior to his color work, when Holland was experimenting with photography techniques and capturing skateboarders as they too were trying out new terrain and creating a free flowing style that captivated the world.

The stunning images are sure to make you yearn for the halcyon days of the 1970s.

In 2010 Holland's first book, Locals Only, published by AMMO Books, sold out quickly in a first run, oversized edition. A smaller re-release soon followed. It has now been almost 10 years since that first book release, and people have been wondering, waiting and asking, "is there more?".

There is, and we have to say that this new book is GORGEOUS and inspiring.

Photo Ian Logan

The never before published photo collection will be available in 2 ways:

A limited edition box set. Only 500 numbered copies of this special package are available worldwide. Drawing design inspiration from vintage photo packaging, the 12×15 inch box features a metallic printed sticker on the cover and includes the following:

A numbered copy of Silver. Skate. Seventies., signed by Hugh Holland.

• A never-before released, 9 x 12 inch black and white, gelatin silver print entitled Deep Canyon Drive, stamped and signed by Hugh Holland. This print is packaged in a clear acid-free archival envelope for protection and is suitable for framing.

• A custom sheet of 1970s skateboarding inspired silver metallic stickers.

Available on October 29 ~ $300 USD

Pre order via Chronicle Books

Photo Ian Logan

The Silver. Skate. Seventies. book will also be available as a single unit hardcover edition which is a must even if you score a boxed set - which you may want to keep intact.

Available on October 22 ~ $40.00 USD

Pre order on Amazon 

BOOK SIGNING ~  Los Angeles

M+B Gallery
612 N. Almont, West Hollywood, CA
Saturday, October 19, 2019
4-7 PM

M+B is pleased to announce Silver. Skate. Seventies., an exhibition of black and white photographs by Hugh Holland on the occasion of the release of his latest monograph published by Chronicle Chroma Books. The exhibition includes never-before-seen photographs from Holland’s archives, including some of his earliest photographs documenting the rise of the Southern California skateboard revolution in the 70s. The exhibition runs from October 19 to November 9, 2019, with an opening reception and book signing at M+B's West Hollywood location on Saturday, October 19 from 4 to 7 pm.

Hugh Holland ~ Photo Ian Logan


Hugh Holland (b. 1942, United States) first exhibited at M+B Gallery in 2006 and again in 2010. Museum exhibitions include a 2018 solo show at the SFO Museum in San Francisco and a 2014 solo exhibition at the Pera Museum in Istanbul. His work was also included in the seminal Art in the Streets exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2011, curated by Jeffrey Deitch and Aaron Rose, and in the 2008 Endless Summer exhibition at the Orange County Museum of Art, curated by Alex Israel. Gallery exhibitions have also been been held in Paris, New York, Sydney, Tokyo, Germany and England. A monograph of the artist’s color images, Locals Only, was published by AMMO Books in conjunction with M+B in 2010, and his second monograph, Silver. Skate. Seventies., was published by Chronicle Chroma Books in 2019. 

To see more of Hugh Holland’s work, please visit his website,

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