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Photojournalist Bill Eppridge captures skateboarding's humble beginnings in the urban setting of New York City. While the concept of the sport and makeshift models of the skateboard were introduced sometime in the 40s or 50s, it was in the mid-1960s that skateboarding truly flourished and Eppridge was there to catch it in all its glory for a lifestyle spread in LIFE Magazine.

Capturing the Boom of Skateboarding in the 1960s

Photojournalist Bill Eppridge captures skateboarding's humble beginnings in the urban setting of New York City. While the concept of the sport and makeshift models of the skateboard were introduced sometime in the 40s or 50s, it was in the mid-1960s that skateboarding truly flourished and Eppridge was there to catch it in all its glory for a lifestyle spread in LIFE Magazine.

Swinging high in the Kaleva district of Tampere, Finland (circa 1950s) • photo: Ensio Kauppila

Swinging high in the Kaleva district of Tampere, Finland (circa 1950s) • photo: Ensio Kauppila

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French humanist photographer considered a master of candid photography, and an early user of 35 mm film. He pioneered the genre of street photography, and conceived of photography as capturing a decisive moment. He is considered one of the major artists of the 20th century, he covered many of the world biggest events from the Spanish Civil War to the French uprisings in 1968.

Fascinating Images from the Past You Won’t Find in Any History Textbook

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French humanist photographer considered a master of candid photography, and an early user of 35 mm film. He pioneered the genre of street photography, and conceived of photography as capturing a decisive moment. He is considered one of the major artists of the 20th century, he covered many of the world biggest events from the Spanish Civil War to the French uprisings in 1968.

People forget that longboarding isn't about who can ride the fastest or who has the coolest and most expensive board, its about having fun

People forget that longboarding isn't about who can ride the fastest or who has the coolest and most expensive board, its about having fun

Paris 1952. Reminds me of passing people learning to Tango on the banks of the river when we were once in Paris.

Paris 1952. Reminds me of passing people learning to Tango on the banks of the river when we were once in Paris.

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