05 Feb '11, 2am

Surfing photographer Grannis dies at 93

LOS ANGELES - AMERICAN photographer LeRoy Grannis, whose images of California surfers in the 1960s popularized the sport and culture, has died at the age of 93, his son told the Los Angeles Times. Grannis, considered 'the godfather' of surf photography, died Thursday of natural causes at a nursing facility in Torrance, 32km south of Los Angeles, John Grannis said. LeRoy Grannis, with his splendid black and white images, helped popularise the sport and the laid-back style of living in southern California in the 1960s and 70s. 'There's surfing royalty, and he was one of the kings,' his son told the newspaper. 'He inspired so many big-name photographers that consider him their mentor.' Journalist Steve Barilotti wrote in the introduction of a 2006 book of Grannis's work that his photographs 'caught surfing at a critical juncture between cult and culture'. Grannis was 'documen...

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