Books: Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s

SURF AND SNAP. Celebrating the golden age of surfing is LeRoy Grannis’ collection of photographs in the volume titled “Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s” (Taschen).


Going back five decades, when surfing was gaining popularity in the US, Grannis, a photographer and an avid surfer, strapped a waterproof camera on the front of his surfboard and began snapping rare images of the perfect Californian wave and Oahu’s infamous North Shore. Also making their way into the book are photographs of pin-up beach bunnies and bronzed surfers, immortalized as symbols of the idyllic beach life. The collection of iconic images exudes the carefree spirit of the sport and reminisces a time when surfing was at its best.



For the summer vacation, “Oasis: Wellness, Spas and Relaxation” (Gestalten) breaks down the components that make the perfect retreat. The beautiful photographs encompass exemplary spots, from minimalist spas to extravagant resorts.


Ever dreamed of swimming with the dolphins in New Zealand or caring for elephants in Sri Lanka? “The Big Trip” (Lonely Planet) shows the way to do them one by one along with giving tons of other useful advice and interesting information for globetrotting.


With many sights and adventures Europe has to offer, planning a quick trip might seem impossible. “The New York Times 36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe” (Taschen) takes on the challenge and reveals secret spots from Amsterdam to Zurich.