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Hugh Holland in Black and White

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In 1975, when Hugh Holland first began photographing the skateboarders in southern California, he had already been living in Los Angeles for nine years. His interest in photography had developed in the mid-sixties as a 20-year-old living in his native state of Oklahoma. Except for a college job working in a photo lab, Holland had no formal art education. However, he spent years training his eye by shooting photographs and working with the images.

It wasn't until after returning from a trip to Spain in 1968 and settling into what would become a career in West Hollywood as an antique finisher, that he began to seriously pursue the hobby. He made a dark room and began photographing everything that came into sight.  A favorite subject—from the beginning—was the figure.

Then one afternoon in 1975, while driving up Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Holland encountered his first skateboarders carving up the drainage ditches along the side of the canyon, and Holland knew he had found his subject. Although not a skateboarder himself, Holland never tired of capturing on film the beauty and grace of the burgeoning craze for the next three years.  By 1978, the scene had become more commercial, and Holland’s documentation of the skateboarders came to its natural end.

Hugh Holland’s Angels series was first shown at M+B in early 2006. Following the success of the show, the work was shown internationally in London, Paris and New York, with upcoming exhibitions in Sydney and the Pera Museum is Istanbul. His work has been featured in The Wall Street JournalThe New Yorkernpr, and the Los Angeles Times. In 2010, the artist’s monograph Locals Only by AMMO Books was published in conjunction with his second exhibition at M+B, and in 2011, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles included his work in the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art in a group exhibition entitled “Art in the Streets.” Hugh Holland currently resides in Los Angeles.

Père et Fils

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Grégoire Korganow - Père et Fils (Father and son)
2009 - 2014

What is a father? What is a son? What bond links them? Blood? Love? Legacy? Inheritance? I photograph fathers, 30 to 80 years old, standing up, bare-chested, with their son, months-old for the youngest or already in their fifties for the eldest. They are close, often skin to skin.
Looking at these portraits, you search for similarities. You scrutinize the facial features, compare the gestures and attitudes. You imagine a story. Attempt to discover the secret of a relationship. Nudity disturbs and scrambles the clues a bit.

Colville

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From Granta:

Among the Native men, among the rush of rivers and mountains of Omak and Okanogan on the Colville Reservation in Northern Washington, where Fergus Thomas traveled to photograph a bare back horse relay and a ‘suicide” race, the word for horse is kəwáp and the word for the race is q̓ʷq̓ʷuƛ̕aʔxnm.

Fan Ho

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Fan Ho (Chinese何藩Jyutpingho faan; 8 October 1931 – 19 June 2016) was a Chinese photographer, film director, and actor. From 1956, he won over 280 awards from international exhibitions and competitions worldwide for his photography.

Ewen Spencer

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Ewen Spencer (born 1971) is a British photographer and filmmaker based in Brighton, England. His photography is primarily of youth and subcultures.

He began his career working for style, music and culture magazines The Face and Sleazenation and has since transplanted himself into groups of young people and musicians to form numerous personal projects, as well as making films for Massive Attack , The streets and The Charlatans and undertaking commercial work. His photography series have included Open Mic, UKG and Kick over the statues. He has self-published a number of photobooks including a series of zines called Guapamente.