Christian Fletcher in Surfing Photographs Taken by Jeff Divine

SURFING PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY JEFF DIVINE

BOOK SIGNING + TALK + INSTALLATION

JUNE 15, 2011
7PM-9PM

7174 SUNSET BOULEVARD (corner Sunset & Formosa)
HOLLYWOOD, CA 90046

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 8, 2011) – ARTBOOK + Paper Chase are pleased to announce they will host the book launch of SURFING PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE EIGHTIES TAKEN BY JEFF DIVINE (T. Alder Books) on June 15, 2011 from 7pm-9pm. The event will include a talk and books signing with Jeff Divine and an installation of Divine’s surfing photographs from the 1970s and 80s. Both of Divine’s books published with T. Adler Books, SURFING PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE SEVENTIES and SURFING PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE EIGHTIES will be available for purchase during the signing.

SURFING PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE EIGHTIES
Taken by Jeff Divine
Published by T. Adler Book
Introduction by Scott Hulet. Foreword by Jamie Brisick.

Loud, vivid and drenched in fluorescent neon: the 1980s surf scene, as recorded by Jeff Divine.

On the heels of 2006’s hugely popular Surfing Photographs from the Seventies, T. Adler Books now releases the companion volume, Surfing Photographs from the Eighties Taken by Jeff Divine. The 1980s were a tumultuous period in surf history, as the “everything’s groovy” communalism of the previous decade was blown apart into splinter groups. Professionals, rebels, punks and world travelers all banged the drum for their personal vision of surfing. The result was loud and drenched in fluorescence and neon. Photographer Jeff Divine was on the scene, documenting the changes from surfing’s twin power poles: southern California and the north shore of Oahu. Divine’s access to these scenes, earned from 15 years on the sand and in the water, infuses this volume with authenticity, as an insider look into the period’s most definitive moments. Christian Fletcher’s strident aerial sorties, the first high-dollar sponsored contests, the West Coast cool of Tom Curren, the back alley attitude of Sunny Garcia: Divine brought it all home on Kodachrome 64. And while Wall Street and Madison Avenue were doing their damnedest to monetize the style and freedom of surfing, the sublimity of the ride itself remained unsullied.

SURFING PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE EIGHTIES TAKEN BY JEFF DIVINE
Published by T. Adler Books
Hardback, 12.5 x 9.5 inches / 144 pages / illustrated throughout
U.S. $40.00 CAN $44.00
ISBN 978-1-935202-44-8

SURFING PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE SEVENTIES
Taken by Jeff Divine
Published by T. Adler Book
Introduction by Scott Hulet.
As a teenager taking pictures of fellow surfers in 1960s La Jolla, Jeff Divine got to know the original alternative sport before the X-Games were even a gleam in a producer’s eye. Through this rare collection of photographs from the momentous decade that followed, he conveys the feeling of being on the beach in its most creative era, being present at the inception of a subculture too large and photogenic to stay down long. The style, the athleticism and the escapism in these images will be familiar to those with even a lazy eye on pop culture: surfing is on the rise again. Of its first time around, Divine says, “Yes, I had long hair. And Pendletons, Mexican wedding shirts, bell bottoms, Wallabies, Zig Zags and tuna, wheat bread, and sprouts in the fridge. Santana, The Dead, Jesse Colin Young, Steppenwolf, Moby Grape, The Stones, Beatles and Clifton Chenier on the stereo. Hippie seamstresses made us custom shirts with embroidered necks and coconut buttons. I had a beaded curtain through which you entered my den. No, I didn’t have any black light posters, but I did have the Juan O. Gorman poster “Flores Imaginarias” and Ortner at 3M’s on the wall. Reading material? The Life Photography Series, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, M.C. Escher art books, Zap comics, or the Carlos Castaneda series. But our prize possessions were our garage-made surfboards all lined up in the side yard. They mattered the most.

SURFING PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE SEVENTIES TAKEN BY JEFF DIVINE
Published by T. Adler Book
FORMAT: Hardcover, 12.5 x 9.5 in. / 96 pgs / 94 color.
U.S. LIST PRICE: U.S. $40.00
CANADIAN PRICE: CAN $44
ISBN: 9781890481230

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