A surfer since 1931, LeRoy Grannis was born in Hermosa Beach, California in 1917 and began shooting surf-culture images on 22nd Street in Hermosa in 1960 as a hobby at the suggestion of a family doctor. His work immediately appeared in the important surf culture magazines of the time including Surfer, Reef and Surfing Illustrated, and he soon became one of the sport's most important documentarians.


Grannis was voted into the International Surfing Hall of Fame as the number one lensman in 1966, and in 2002, he was awarded SIMA's Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the subject of The Surfers Journal's first ode to the master photographers in 1998 with Photo: Grannis; his work was featured in Stacy Peralta's 2002 award-winning documentary of the sport, Riding Giants; and in 2006, LeRoy Grannis: Birth of a Culture was published as a limited-edition, signed collector's edition monograph by TASCHEN. In 2005, M+B Gallery in Los Angeles gave Grannis his first art exhibition and since then, his photographs have been exhibited at galleries, art fairs and museums both at home and abroad, including New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London.

2015 Solo presentation, Paris Photo Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2011 LeRoy Grannis: Commemorative Show, M+B, Los Angeles, CA
  LeRoy Grannis: The Black Portfolio, Van Horn Gallery, Duesseldorf, Germany
2009 The Birth of Surf, 1960s and 1970s Documentary Photography of LeRoy Grannis, Dallas Center for Architecture, Dallas, Texas
2007 LeRoy Grannis: Big Waves, M+B, Los Angeles, CA
2006 LeRoy Grannis: Surfing’s Golden Age, M+B, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Birth of a Culture: LeRoy Grannis Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s, M+B, Los Angeles, CA
  Birth of a Culture: LeRoy Grannis , Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
  Birth of a Culture: LeRoy Grannis, Mark Borghi Fine Art, Bridgehampton, New York, NY
2016 Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History 1843 to the Present, Brooklyn Museum, (forthcoming, July)
2015 Pacific Worlds, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
  A Fluid Journey, Southern Comfort Gallery (SOCO), Charlotte, NC
2011 California Surf Museum, Oceanside, CA
  Water, Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium
2010 This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs, Musée Nicéphore Niépce, Chalon-sur-Saône, France
2009 The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography, New Orleans Museum of Art, LA
  Hot Fun in the Summertime, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York
  This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
2008 This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs, The Huntington, CA
2007 Bad Behavior, Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Santa Barbara, CA
2006 20/30 Vision: An Anniversary Celebration, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Summertime Blues, M+B, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Ocean View: The Depiction of the Southern California Coastal Lifestyle, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
2015 “Dewey Weber sculpture by Phil Roberts arrives in Hermosa Beach,” Easy Reader News, October 2
  Cody, Kevin. “Hermosa Beach groundbreaking set for Dewey Weber surf statue, Easy Reader News, May 15
  Nelson, Steffie. “The Distinct Californication of Paris Photo L.A.” The New York Times Style Magazine, May 1
2011 “Alerte nostalgie à Malibu,” Télérama, July 27
  “LeRoy Grannis and the Golden Age of Surfing,” TIME Lightbox, July 28
  Nelson, Valerie J. “LeRoy Grannis dies at 93; photographer documented California surf Culture of the 1960s and ‘70s, February 5
2010 Getson, Eli M. “The Photography of LeRoy Grannis: Legendary Liver & Chronicler of California Surf Culture,” The Selvedge Yard, November 29
2007 “Endless Summers,” The Smithsonian Magazine, June
2006 “Surf Art,” American Photo, October 10
  “The Wave Watcher”, C Magazine, August
  “Classic Moments in Surfing,” Los Angeles Times, June 13
  “Back to the Beach,” New York Times, June 1
  “Endless Summer,” Robb Report, May
  “Fanfair,” Vanity Fair, May
2005 “The Listings,” New York Times, September 2
  “Old Wave,” Zoo Magazine, August
  “Enough Waves for Everyone,” Los Angeles Times, March 10
  International Surfing
  New Yorker
  Reef Magazine
  The Smithsonian Magazine
  Surfer Magazine
  The Surfers Journal
  Surfing Illustrated
  Time Out New York
  TransWorld Surf
2003 Hermosa Beach Surfers Walk of Fame
2002 Surf Industry Manufacturers Association, Lifetime Achievement Award
1999 Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame
1993 Eddie Aikau/Quiksilver Lifetime Achievement Award
1991 International Surfing Hall of Fame
1960s Life Magazine, First Prize for Action Sports Photo
1966 International Surfing Hall of Fame, “Number One Lensman”
2013 LeRoy Grannis: Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s, TASCHEN
2008 LeRoy Grannis: Birth of a Culture, TASCHEN
  LeRoy Grannis: Birth of a Culture, Limited Edition, TASCHEN
  This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in Los Angeles Photographs, Museum Show Catalog
2006 LeRoy Grannis: Surf Photography of the 1960s and 1970s, TASCHEN
1998 Photo: Grannis: Surfing’s Golden Age, 1960 - 1969, The Surfer’s Journal
  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles
  Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
  National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
  Artists First, Los Angeles
  AW Entertainment, Paris, France
  Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Los Angeles
  Four Seasons, Maui, Hawaii
  Fox, Los Angeles
  The Gersh Agency, Los Angeles
  Hard Rock Hotel Group, Los Angeles
  The Huntington Library, San Marino, California
  James Perse, Los Angeles
  Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton (LVMH), Paris, France
  Morgan Stanley, New York
  Partizan, Paris, France
  TASCHEN, Germany
  United Talent Agency, Los Angeles
  19 Entertainment, London, United Kingdom and Los Angeles