Acclaimed photographer along with international playboy get books
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 April, 2014 - Bunker Spreckles and photography pioneer LeRoy Grannis are the subject of two new books released by Taschen. “Surfing’s Divine Prince of Decadence” and “Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s” are launching this week.
Bunker Spreckels was originally published in 2007, but due to its intense popularity the book sold out and has been out-of-print for several years now. The book features photographs by Bunker’s friends, surf photographer Art Brewer and writer/photojournalist C. R. Stecyk III and traces the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of Bunker Spreckels. Brewer was a close friend of Spreckels’s and his personal photographer throughout the last decade of his life, traveling with him from Hawaii to Los Angeles to South Africa.
His images of Spreckels both on the waves and on land chronicle Spreckels’s metamorphosis from hippie surfer to international playboy, while Stecyk’s extensive taped interview with Spreckels, completed just three months before his death, provides a rare first-person perspective on all of the decadent craziness that was his life.
Leroy Grannis, the most important surf photographer of the 60s and 70s, showcases Grannis’s most vibrant work—from the bliss of catching the perfect wave at San Onofre to dramatic wipeouts at Oahu’s famed North Shore. He also covered the emerging surf lifestyle, from "surfer stomps" and hoards of fans at surf contests to board-laden woody station wagons along the Pacific Coast Highway.