Surfing Photographs From the Eighties Taken by Jeff Divine
As brand-name gear, advertising, and competitive championships changed the look of surfing for the MTV generation in ways both brilliant and vulgar, it was a cruel (endless) summer for some. Sage surf photographer John Witzig spat, “This new generation has no experience of the laid-back hippy trip. Being cool is uncool.” (Was surfing ever uncool?) A new book by Witzig’s contemporary Jeff Divine, photo editor of the Surfer’s Journal, presents yet another point of view. A follow-up to 2006’s Surfing Photographs from the Seventies, Divine’s latest volume is from the 1980s and shot mostly on color-saturated Kodachrome 64 in Southern California and on the North Shore of Oahu, a tribute to the decade (and the film) with Zinka Zinc, Ray-Bans, and attitude to spare: “I’m dissatisfied. I’m displeased. I’m mean.
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