The 1970s and Venice Beach, California, is at the forefront of surfing and skating. David Scott’s pictures of the era are not of twee flowers-in-the-hair California dreamers but of cool, raw skaters in an at once lugubrious and enviable setting. Reminiscent of Mark Cohen’s photographs of people in working-class Wilkes-Barre, Scott’s subjects are at ease, not tensed and concerned by the camera. The result is a fantastic record of an era.
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