LEROY GRANNIS

BIOGRAPHY

LEROY GRANNIS

Born: 1917, Hermosa Beach, CA

Grannis began shooting surf-culture images on 22nd Street in Hermosa in 1960 as a hobby at the suggestion of a family doctor. His work immediately appeared in the important surf culture magazines of the time including Surfer, Reef and Surfing Illustrated. He quickly became one of the sport’s most important documentarians, voted into the International Surfing Hall of Fame as the number one lensman in 1966, awarded SIMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 for his legendary surf photography and most recently, his stills were included in Stacy Peralta’s 2004 critically acclaimed surf documentary Riding Giants, as well as featured on the cover and within Taschen’s Surfing: Vintage Surfing Graphics. The artist, now well into his 90s, continues working—and surfing—from his home near San Diego.

Schooled by California’s first surf photographer “Doc” Ball, Grannis would soon be hailed as one of the only photographers to capture the true essence of the surf culture that spread up and down the California coast—and the world—beginning in the 1960s. According to Brad Barrett, editor of Photo: Grannis, “Granny’” differentiated himself from the other surf photographers of his day by using a very slow, fine-grain, low contrast film that he pushed up to the speed the others used.

Exhibitions:

2009
Hot Fun in the Summertime; Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY    

2007
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Big Waves: M+B Sidebar, Brentwood, California

2006
20/30 Vision: An Anniversary Celebration; Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY

2005
Birth of a Culture: LeRoy Grannis; Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
Birth of a Culture: M+B, Los Angeles, CA
Birth of a Culture: LeRoy Grannis; MB Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY

2003
Ocean View: The Depiction of the Southern California Coastal
Lifestyle, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

Publications:

“Endless Summers” The Smithsonian Magazine, June 2007
“Back to the Beach”; The New York Times, June 1, 2006
“LeRoy Grannis”;  The New Yorker,; August 22, 2005
“Surfing Safari: Leroy Grannis”; The New York Sun, July 39-31, 2005
“Leroy Grannis:  Birth of a Culture”; Time Out New York, July 14-20, 2005
Grannis: Surfing's Golden Age 1960-1969 . The Surfer's Journal,
San Clemente, 1998
Leroy Grannis: Birth of a Culture; Exhibition review;
Zoom Magazine (Italy) Summer 2005
Art: Review by Grace Glueck: “LeRoy Grannis:  Birth of a Culture”;
The New York Times, Sunday, July 24, 2005
International Surfing Magazine, 1960-
Surfing Illustrated, 1962-
The Surfer’s Journal 1960’s to the present
Surfer Magazine
Reef Magazine
Surfline
Trans world Surf, December, 2004
California Surfriders, Doc Ball, 1946

Monographs:

LeRoy Grannis Surfer’s Journal Press, (1998/2004) Hardbound.  223p
Photo: Grannis  Surfing’s Golden Age 1960-1969
Taschen Books, Hardbound 2006

Collections:

L.A. County Museum of Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC